During a time when our mental and physical health faces new challenges, finding our own avenue for wellness is immensely rewarding. For many, it is a connection with nature that allows us to distance ourselves from the stressors of life and restore a sense of balance. Thankfully, this is possible even at home and for those with only modest garden spaces.
It may be that, in its current state, your garden looks lacking or that you could not possibly fathom how to transform it into a space specifically for wellbeing and restoration. Thankfully, it is possible and, with only a few considerations, even a balcony or yard can become the ideal environment to improve one’s health.
The emphasis for an outdoor wellness space should be upon the designs that cannot be brought indoors. This means celebrating all things wild. Decorate walls with climbing plants, fill blank spaces with shrubs and bushes, and conceal anything that does not promote the natural or organic.
By doing so, a garden becomes as abundant as it can be, emphasising its natural beauty. This has a great number of benefits, such as attracting birds and filling the air with sweet aromas. Large gardens can be designed to have contained spaces, those that are dedicated to immersion, while smaller outdoor areas can be easily filled with plants and with an emphasis on verticality, drawing attention upward while enacting efficiency of space.
There’s little wellness to be found in a space that doesn’t allow one to relax. In a garden, distraction and annoyance can be plentiful, with noise and weather being prime suspects. Thankfully, these can be eliminated or, at the very least, mitigated.
Log cabins are perhaps the most ideal way to overcome annoyances, being a blank canvas for wellness. They can be fitted with insulation to eliminate chills, block out noise, and prevent rainfall. For gardens where such a luxury is not feasible, natural covers can go far, with trees and bushes doing well to prevent winds and noise.
To be able to relax, one must often find solitude. This can be difficult under the gaze of passersby or nosy neighbours. As such, a resident should make an effort to create a certain degree of privacy in their garden, one that will allow them to totally relax and, importantly, feel safe. Privacy also works to create a sense of removal from the world too, so consider setting up garden furniture and boundaries that emphasise distance (and distraction) from your home.
For a garden to be restorative, it should celebrate sensation. This means filling it with colour, sounds, aroma, and even taste. Fragrant herbs, for example, can not only fill the air with scents but can also be fantastic for eating or creating an impromptu brew. Walls and furniture should be considered with the same versatility as indoor items and, while garden centres might suggest that gardens are restricted to earthy colours, there’s nothing stopping you from embracing bolder aesthetics, especially if they bring you joy!