A calming garden with trees and an aluminium pergola

It’s a well-known fact that spending time outdoors can boost your mood and improve your mental wellbeing. According to the mental health charity, Mind, activities such as growing food or flowers, as well as exercising outdoors can both have lots of positive effects.

The pandemic served to further highlight the importance of green space, with many homeowners swapping the city for the countryside, and buyers putting a garden higher up on their list of priorities. 

Gardens quickly became valuable spaces to socialise with loved ones, which saw a huge increase in demand for outdoor renovations and shading solutions such as pergolas

What this highlights is how important having a lovely outside space truly is. An inviting garden offers the chance to enjoy some fresh air, play with children and pets, relax with a good book, and soak up some sunshine (an important source of vitamin D and another great way to give your mood a lift). 

Fitness activities release endorphins and have a positive impact on mental wellbeing. The garden makes a great place to enjoy a workout in the fresh air, with the luxury of plenty of space. Online classes such as yoga, which can help to promote mindfulness, are particularly enjoyable when surrounded by the sounds of nature. 

Here are just some of the ways a beautiful outside space can have a positive impact on your mental health:

Gardens provide a tranquil space for mindfulness

Practising mindfulness or meditation is a great way to work through feelings of anxiety and make some time for yourself. What could be better than doing this outside in the sunshine, with the sound of rustling leaves and the feel of the wind brushing against your skin?

Outside spaces offer a change of scenery

For a lot of people, home is also now the office. Because of this, having an outside haven to escape to for the occasional change of scenery provides a welcome break from looking at the same four walls all day. Having a lovely shaded space to eat lunch or take a screen break can really improve the experience of working from home. 

It’s lovely to exercise outdoors

As we’ve already mentioned, exercise is a great way to improve not only physical, but mental, health. On nice days, the garden makes an ideal spot for practising yoga or doing a quick workout. With a Broadview DIY pergola, you can enjoy the convenience of adjustable shade and the luxury of add-on heaters and lights – perfect for creating an all-year-round outside exercise spot!

The garden is a great space for socialising

Spending time with loved ones is the perfect way to recharge and feed the soul. Nothing beats a big family BBQ with the kids playing on the lawn, or having your friends round for a glass of wine and a spot of al fresco dining. A stylish and practical pergola creates the perfect space to do just that! 

Speak to the garden pergola experts

With a DIY pergola kit from Broadview, you can enjoy all the quality of a Brustor aluminium pergola, at a fraction of the price. With straightforward instructions for self-assembly, your perfectly shaded outdoor space will be ready in no time. To find out more, please get in touch with our friendly team today on 0845 450 0435.