Your Sensory Garden "Pets" Improve Your Health
How your friends in your garden make you a healthier and happier person
A beneficial friendship
To say watching animals improves your physical, mental, and spiritual well-being probably does not surprise you. When a beautiful animal comes within view, most people stop to watch and appreciate the creature.
Research suggests that watching animals can reduce your heart rate, reduce your blood pressure, and enable you to deal with challenges more productively.
For that reason, your sensory garden should provide reasons for little friends who you would like to visit.
My garden friends are hummingbirds
Personally, I love watching the animals that I affectionately call "my pets." Hummingbirds are energetic, curious, and friendly once they get to know you. I can sit in my backyard and watch them for hours. While doing so, my breathing slows, my heart rate decreases, and I feel more at peace with myself and the universe as a whole.
Find your favorite garden friends
So which garden animals make you the happiest. For your health, consider ways to invite your feathery, furry, or scaly friends to visit. Avoid using dangerous pesticides and herbicides and provide some food, shelter, and a location in which you can watch them.
Strengthen your relationship
Don't hesitate to name your friends. Each of my hummingbird friends knows me and I know each of them. Each is uniquely "dressed" and has a personality, unlike the rest. How can I not give them each a name?
Become friends with the wildlife. Your heart, body, and soul will thank you for it.