Self es­teem

Gardeners' World - - Garden More & Feel Better -

Grow­ing pro­duce, re­design­ing flower beds, spend­ing a day in the gar­den

WHY Just five min­utes gar­den­ing out­side gives you an im­proved sense of self-es­teem, but it’s high­est af­ter a full day’s gar­den­ing. Chil­dren in­volved in af­ter-school gar­den­ing clubs de­velop the con­fi­dence to over­come their fear of touch­ing crea­tures such as worms or bee­tles, while Dr Jemma Hawkins at Cardiff Met Univer­sity found fe­male al­lot­ment hold­ers in par­tic­u­lar felt an in­crease in self-es­teem. “It was that sense of pro­vid­ing for their fam­i­lies by tak­ing home fruit and veg­eta­bles,” she says.

DID YOU KNOW? Cel­e­brat­ing the gar­den­ing work of chil­dren who are nor­mally dis­rup­tive in an assem­bly made them less un­ruly in class.

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