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Get Your Hands Dirty This Weekend!


Welcome to day 5 of the Mindful Movement challenge, powered by Humana!

You may be wondering, what does dirt have to do with mindful movement? 

Gardening has multiple mental health benefits. It’s been shown to:
  • Reduce stress
  • Boost mood
  • Help addiction recovery
  • Foster human connections
  • Improve memory

Whether it’s planting something, weeding your landscaping, or simply watering your blossoming flowers — it’s all good for the body and mind. If you’re working in the garden or landscaping, you’re moving. This activity usually involves plenty of bending, squatting, reaching, and pulling. These movements are good for your physical body, and the fact that you’re outside working in nature is good for your mental health, too.

If you don’t have a yard or a garden, buy some small plants or herbs, like succulents, that you can grow and maintain indoors, or on a balcony. You can still get your hands dirty (and get some movement in) by mixing them with a variety of plants in larger, decorative planters.

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Are you enjoying this challenge so far? Share your experience with us in in the challenge update thread here. Better yet show us! Post a photo from your challenge activities this week in our private Facebook group, or on Twitter, or Instagram. Tag us with #healthynurse.

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