New Year, New You, New…Garden?

With the New Year well on the way, it’s time to talk about resolutions. Or really the resolutions that you’ve already left in the dust. Those veggies you bought might have already gone bad in the fridge. You may have only used your new gym membership once (you know, when you signed up.) It’s okay, don’t let the panic set in yet. What if we try a new resolution this year? Now, hear me out, I know January is over but there’s still time to add something new (and manageable!) to that list! Especially when it’s an easy one! Ready?

Go outside.

That’s it, resolution done!

See, I told you it was easy.

It may be crazy to believe, but research has found that being in nature actually boosts the immune system, which in turn, increases our mental and physical health. To me, this sounds like three resolutions all in one. Who doesn’t love a bargain!?

So, get out there! Start small. Take it five minutes at a time. Connecting with nature is easier than it sounds. Take a few extra minutes outside after getting the mail or, walk your dog that extra block a few times a week. Then, once you work up to it, go big!! Plant a tree, start a rose garden, add window boxes for those of you who might be stuck in those urban jungles, install raised beds, put pots of herbs and annuals out on your front porch!! Do some research on what works in your location and jump in. Connect with nature in a way that you feel most comfortable. Somehow, I think you’ll find your day will get a little brighter.