Whether you are currently struggling with a particularly stressful period in your life or simply dedicated to self-care and protecting your mental health and well-being, undeniably spending time outdoors in the fresh air always helps lift your mood.
If you are fortunate enough to have an area of outdoor living space at home at your property, then continue reading to discover some affordable ways to transform your backyard into an oasis of calm.
1.Install Height & Texture With A Back Porch
There is nothing quite like enjoying a steaming hot cup of coffee over the morning newspaper in the privacy and calm of your own backyard.
There are plenty of advantages to adding a back porch to your home, including the extra space with which to add plants, pots, and hanging baskets, a large seating area, and protection from windier and chillier days. The addition of a back porch may be significantly more affordable than you may think. When researching the right porch for you, be sure to consult with a professional and reputable business such as this St Louis fence company, who can do more than just your porch. You can keep a consistent look to your garden by replacing your fences to match your decking.
2.Cultivate Plant Pots & Hanging Baskets
The health benefits of cultivating flowers, plants, and shrubs on a daily basis are indisputable and have been scientifically proven time and time again to boost the happy hormones, such as serotonin, in the brain.
Gardening, however basic, can substantially and positively impact one’s mental health in a wide variety of ways, including promoting mindfulness and feelings of being present and ‘living in the moment.’ Gardening can reduce feelings of stress, anxiety, and signs of low mood, boost self-esteem, and is a fabulous and natural way of increasing the levels of vitamin D in the body.
3.Add Neutral Fairy Lights Around The Perimeter
In the last ten years or so, the availability of affordable, effective eco-friendly outdoor lighting has genuinely boomed. The beauty of solar-powered outdoor garden lighting is, after the initial purchase, your garden will beautifully and magically light up with zero effort, maintenance, or extra expense from yourself.
Choose neutrally colored, white lighting around the perimeter of your newly installed fence and around the edge of the new porch to create a warm, welcoming, and calming atmosphere.
4.Interact & Encourage Nature & Wildlife
Many people are recommended by their doctor to spend time with animals or even adopt a therapy animal, and so encouraging wildlife to visit your garden works in a similar way.
Invest in, or even build your own, bird feeder and birdbath to encourage different species to visit your garden and, soon enough, you will more than likely be sharing your morning coffee in the garden with sparrows and a host of other feathered friends. Leaving out plates of tinned cat or dog food or smashed cat or dog biscuits to encourage hedgehogs to visit too!