How To Transform Your Garden Into A Wellness Space In 10 Simple Steps

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Though we’re not sure we believe in an interventionist deity, we’ve certainly been hailing the garden gods in the last few years. Indeed, those of us who were lucky enough to be blessed with outdoor spaces during those torrid lockdown times back at the start of the decade realised just how important our gardens/balconies/terraces can be, praying at the altar of grass and flowerbeds, singing from hymn books of mulching and pruning, all due to the restrictions on normal life that coronavirus had placed on us.

With 2024’s record breaking heatwaves further emphasising the value of having a garden and a little breathing space, there’s no denying that time spent outdoors can be hugely positive for both our physical and mental health.

Gardens are sanctuaries – havens (heavens, even) from day to day life that allow us to relax and spend time in nature. That said and simply put, some gardens provide more comfort and tranquillity than others.

Every garden has the potential to be a place that improves wellbeing, it’s just a matter of setting them up in the right way. With that in mind, here’s how to transform your garden into a wellness space in 10 simple steps.

Install A Water Feature Or Pond

There is something very soothing about the sound of gently running water (unless you’re busting for the toilet, of course) which is why one of the best ways to turn your garden into a wellness space is to install a water feature such as a fountain or even a pond with its own water feature contained within. Not only will you feel a great sense of wellbeing sitting nearby and listening to the water flow, but water features are great for attracting wildlife, which can be very soothing to watch, too.

Consider The Addition Of A Hot Tub

Not content with simply listening to the ol’ H2O’s incessant yet relaxing trickle? Hot tubs are another option if you’re looking for a good way to relax with (or should we say, in) water. As well as the obvious auditory benefits we already mentioned, spending time in a hot tub can relax sore muscles, lower anxiety levels and even help you sleep better at night. It’s no surprise that they are rising in popularity right now for those very reasons. 

Or, Go Further With A Barrel Sauna

For those who wish to take their garden wellness experience to the next level, consider the addition of a barrel sauna. The unique cylindrical shape of a traditional barrel sauna is not just aesthetically pleasing; it also provides excellent heat circulation, allowing you to enjoy a more even and intense sauna experience. The wood used in construction, often cedar or spruce, emits a natural aroma that enhances the soothing atmosphere, contributing to a deeper sense of relaxation and detoxification.

Regular sauna use has been linked to numerous health benefits, including improved circulation, reduced stress levels, and even a lower risk of cardiovascular diseases. It’s a luxurious way to unwind after a long day and a perfect complement to the natural tranquillity of your garden.

Read: 8 interesting ideas for repurposing your garden room into a wellness space

Create A Meditation Or Yoga Space

Incorporating a dedicated area for meditation or yoga can significantly enhance the tranquillity of your garden. Choose a quiet corner of your garden, ideally shaded and away from the distractions of the outside world. Lay down a wooden platform or a patch of soft grass to define the space. You might want to surround the area with calming plants like bamboo or ferns to create a natural, peaceful enclosure. Adding a few outdoor cushions or yoga mats will make the space inviting and comfortable for daily practice.

This serene spot can serve as a personal retreat for mindfulness exercises, breathing techniques, or gentle yoga flows, all of which are excellent for reducing stress and improving mental clarity. By creating this space, you encourage a routine of self-care and introspection, further promoting wellness in your garden sanctuary.

Plant Some Lavender

If there is an aroma more soothing, more therapeutic to the mind, than lavender, then we haven’t smelt it. Prized for centuries due to its ability to relieve stress, relax body and mind, and aid a good night’s sleep, lavender doesn’t only serve medicinal purposes, but it’s also one of the most delightful smelling plants out there, and a great way to add colour and beauty to your garden, too. Grow it liberally and you won’t regret it.

Nurture Herbs

Creating a herb garden or patch in your garden is a great way to add even more sensory delight to your outdoor space. Lavender may be ideal for promoting wellness, as we mentioned, but things like mint, rosemary and sage will all engage your senses, allow you to be more in the moment, and improve the quality of your cooking when you do venture back inside! Herbs are so pleasant to have in the garden that if you’re seeking to nurture wellness, you really should focus on cultivating them.

Invest In Comfy Furniture

Investing in more comfortable garden furniture – the kind with cushions and plenty of padding – may cost a little more than basic garden chairs, but it will help you be able to relax without any aches and pains in the garden, which means that it’s really worth doing. If you can’t afford it, bring cushions outside from indoors and use them whenever you’re relaxing in the space.

Grow Fruit & Veg

Growing your own fruit and vegetables has seen such a resurgence in recent years, and we’re so here for it! Firstly, it’s a great way to get in some gentle exercise; as a matter of fact, approximately 300 calories an hour can be burnt through gardening. 

But perhaps even more pertinently, nurturing your own crops, from seed to plate, can do wonders for the soul, giving you a journey to focus on and an implicit understanding of the passing of the seasons which feeds back beautifully into ideas of living in the present moment. 

Though many folk think that growing their own food is difficult and time-consuming, that doesn’t have to be the case – there are lots of starter kits that can have you growing things like tomatoes, mushrooms and potatoes in no time at all.

Feed The Birds

Hanging bird feeders in the garden is something that we should all do, not only because the birds need our help to stay healthy but because having lots of brilliantly coloured feathered friends come to visit can be so soothing. Listening to their songs and watching them go about their business is sure to delight and relax in equal measure. 

On a similar note, check out our tips on how to make your garden more wildlife-friendly to get you in the mood!

Hide Unsightly Aspects Away

Every garden has those areas or features which we’re perhaps not so proud of. But with a little creativity, you can turn these unsightly aspects into something positive. By using bamboo screens, high growing plants or pretty fences to hide certain elements, like an old shed or area for tools, you’ll be able to better relax when you’re in the garden by ensuring that you aren’t distracted and that your mind can relax. 

Cluttered homes often lead to cluttered minds and it’s the same for gardens, too. Keep things orderly out there, and your garden will become the wellness space you deserve.

The Bottom Line

A key tenet of wellness is the practice of gratitude, and for those blessed with a garden, now is the time to be truly appreciative of what you’ve got. 

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