Do you struggle to make yourself go to the gym every week? Perhaps you suffer from bad anxiety, stress and you need a break. I have one answer for you:
Get an allotment.
I bet you’re laughing. I bet you’re thinking, “why would I want to do something boring like that!?”
Let me explain:
You might not believe it, but allotments are actually really fun. Have you ever wondered about just how much work is involved in growing that pepper or that onion that you chop up and cook every dinner-time?
From clearing away weeds to digging, lifting pots and machinery and chopping away large branches – before you know it, you’ve become a lot more active. As well as this, you’re also outside and away from the noise and the bustle of the city – you can surround yourself with flowers, trees and your favourite fruits and vegetables. Watch them grow; harvest them and then cook delicious things with the stuff that you’ve grown personally.
The benefits of breathing in fresh air, hearing the birds chirping away in the trees and the space to be by myself, away from that noise – is enough in itself to keep me up at the allotment. Add to this the idea that, from the pumpkin seed I planted, or the carrot seeds that I’d sown, the produce would one day touch my dinner plate creates so much excitement and interest.
As a society, we’ve moved a long way away from those rural days. Now, most of us live in high rises and work in offices; we’ve switched off from the farms and the fields. You might wander into the supermarket and see an illustration of a farm on a packet of food; yet, when was the last time you came across a strawberry patch, or a greenhouse full of tomatoes?
Instead, we pick up convenient ready-made food and we take it home to microwave or bake. Where’s the inspiration?
And yet, as soon as I took on an allotment – even with a busy life – I very quickly grew to love growing my own food. I also grew to love the energy that I rediscovered through being out on my patch of green.
If you’re thinking about getting an allotment but you don’t think you’ll have the time or dedication to do it, work with friends. Not only can you all share the work – you can socialise in the peaceful location of an allotment site, enjoying the Sun on those hot summer weekends.