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We could all use a little more peace and quiet in our lives. You’re constantly dealing with the pressures of work, financial struggles, maintaining personal relationships, and keeping your household in order. It can seem like you’re always fighting fires and rarely have any time to yourself. On top of this, the global pandemic and gloomy news headlines are playing havoc on your mental health, and all you want to do is get away from it all for a brief period. Fortunately, if you are lucky enough to have a garden, you can.
A garden is your own private space where you can go to destress and be alone in nature. Being outdoors has a proven benefit on your mental health, so what better place to unwind? But not all gardens are built the same. If you have a messy backyard with knee-high grass, dead plants, and weeds all over the place, it will be hard to find the peace of mind you require. Creating a sanctuary of calm takes a little work.
To help you enjoy all the benefits that nature can bring, here are five tips to create a more peaceful garden.
A messy environment creates low-level stress in your mind and can make it difficult to feel relaxed. Therefore, the easiest and most effective way to create a tranquil atmosphere is to declutter your backyard. Before you even think about doing any work on your garden, spend some time clearing and cleaning every inch of space.
Create a tropical paradise
If someone asked you to think of the most relaxing place on earth, it would probably be a desert island or tropical rainforest that comes to mind. And it’s easy to recreate smaller versions of these environments in your garden. Exotic plants like yucca, palm trees, and cacti can transport you across the world, and water features, garden pebbles, and sand can make you feel like you have a beach in your backyard.
Create a quiet nook
When you need some time to yourself, you want to be able to sit down and read a book, listen to music, or have a quick snooze. A quiet nook is the perfect place to do this. You have lots of options for creating this dedicated space. You could build a shed or cabin, or enclose a corner of your garden with trees and high plants. Add a comfy seat, soft furnishings, and some lighting for the evening, and you’ve got yourself the perfect space for seeking inner peace.
There are few sounds on Earth more peaceful than birdsong. More winged companions to your garden by installing a birth bath or a feeder well stocked with food.
Minimize background noise
If you live near a busy road, it will be hard to feel peaceful with all that background noise. But there are things you can do to shut it out, such as planting high, dense vegetation, incorporating soft furnishings that absorb sound, or installing a water feature to block out traffic with the relaxing sound of trickling water.