As it turns out, being out in the dirt is not only healthy, but important to stay happy.
In today’s society, for the most part we are afraid of germs. We tell our kids to “get outta the mud”, and we do everything we can to avoid putting our bare feet on the grass.
Well, as it turns out, being out in the dirt is not only healthy, but important to stay happy. Stress, bad sleep, and lack of essential vitamins can all cause a lack or serotonin in the body. When your body lacks serotonin, you can become anxious and depressed.
Bacteria in dirt promotes the production of serotonin, which can boost your mood!
Sticking your hands in dirt is calming and keeps your mind focused on working the land instead of dwelling in dark thoughts. It also gives you a break from screens, which is a bonus.
Winter is here, but it’s not too late to get dirty.
Now is a great time repot some house plants that are too for their pots, clean up the garden, and dig up summer annuals that won’t survive the winter. It’s also a great time to plant potatoes and garlic for next years harvest. Not to mention, those who are adventurous can create their own winter crops by creating a covered area for winter vegetables to thrive.
And, if you can, try grounding for a couple of minutes each day. Grounding is when you walk on sand or grass barefoot, and it helps increase your energy by connecting to the earth.
So, get out there, and get dirty! Your mind, body, and spirit will thank you.
Krista Hannesen Editor in Chief - A Beautiful Life Magazine Head of Production, A Beautiful Life Publishing Producer, A Beautiful Life Podcast