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If You Own a Home Try to Spend Time on Your Lawn – it Relieves Stress


Guess what? Just spending some time outside each day, like hanging out on your lawn, can be beneficial for your mental health and aid issues such as stress. This is according to a survey from American lawn care services provider TruGreen conducted in collaboration with Talker Research.

According to the survey, 94% of Americans say that just standing outside helps them to relax with over half (54%) reporting that stepping out when stressed or anxious can lead to feeling more relaxed in under five minutes. It can calm a person down.

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Spending time outdoors engaging in activities such as breathing fresh air (54%), going on a walk (53%), gardening (28%), and grounding (17%) have been identified as methods to help people calm down.

This makes sense considering just how stressful home life can be for people, especially when the house is filled with kids. And many people are working from home, meaning they spend all day in the house and don’t have a reason to even go outside most days.

Also, being a homeowner, whether of a private house or an apartment, comes with its own stresses.

A survey conducted by TD Bank found that 64% of respondents indicated their most recent home buying experience was stressful. Home inventory challenges (24%) and mortgage rates (24%) tied as the leading factors that negatively impacted home purchasing decisions. Additionally, a majority (68%) of homebuyers cited shifting interest rates over the last year as a factor in their decision to buy. As inventories in many markets remain inconsistent, almost a third (29%) purchased newly constructed homes.

So, the TruGreen survey makes a great deal of sense all things considered.

“We know there are a lot of stressors in people’s daily lives, but lawn care maintenance doesn’t need to be one of them,” said Brian Feldman, Senior Director of Operations at TruGreen. “There are a number of studies on the mental health benefits of the outdoors, and by partnering with a professional service, homeowners can get back to what they enjoy – or need – most to boost their well-being while we handle maintaining their yard.”

The survey was a random double-opt-in of 2,000 Americans with outdoor spaces carried out between April 16 and April 22, 2024. It was conducted by market research company OnePoll.

The findings included the fact a considerable percentage of respondents identified that the biggest stressors of daily American life are finances (52%), current events (37%), health (37%), and relationships (29%). Also, the effect of unkempt outdoor spaces negatively impacts well-being, with 27% of respondents believe that untidy outdoor spaces have a significant negative impact on their ability to enjoy the outdoors, which, in turn, contributes to increased stress levels.

So, be sure and keep your yard clean and well groomed.

In addition, homeowners are striving to increase their vitamin D for their mental health. Seven in ten Americans have made a conscious decision to spend more time outside to improve their mental health.



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