Last weekend I spent (probably too long) hacking back my garden which was untamed and had been unattended since last Autumn.

It felt good.

It felt great to be doing something where I could see the result immediately. It felt brilliant to be able to look at the little piece of hedge that was left and see what I had achieved – how far my hard work had taken me. Now it’s time for some planting.

It was fortuitous to spot that this week is National Growing for Wellbeing Week. A celebration of the magic that growing your own produce can do for your wellbeing, both physically and mentally.

Approximately 1 in 4 people in the UK will experience mental ill health each year. There is strong evidence highlighting the health benefits of gardening and GYO (grow your own) in particular, including improved confidence, communication, concentration and ultimately self-belief.

It’s not just gardening – It’s improving mental health, experiencing better physical health, connecting with others, acquiring new skills, and enjoying the great outdoors.

After all, It’s not what you grow, it’s how YOU grow.

Now I know that not everyone has the space for a garden – but kids can still grow seeds on the window sill or lettuce in a pot – or cress on one of those little head net things!

But it is just as important to tend your emotional garden; one of my seven ways to life changing happiness that I discuss in my book. You can nurture and grow your own positive emotions, doing what it takes to feel your best and weeding out any unwanted negative emotions. You have the power to improve how you feel.

You might feel bad or even get low, but by following my step by step guide in the book you can improve things emotionally for yourself and quickly fire up your own good mood.

With a little patience – your emotions can grow, just like the sunflowers planted in a pot in early summer.

#NationalGYOWellbeingWeek