The last few months have been dominated by negative news in the media, which is why many of us might need a bit of a lift to cheer ourselves up.

One of the best ways to stay positive is to get back to nature, with mental health charity Mind recommending this as something that will help deal with the stresses and anxieties of this difficult time.

Being outdoors, watching flowers grow, and focussing on an immediate task are also ways to practice mindfulness, which will enable people to better cope with the uncertainty and anxiety about the future impact of coronavirus.

This is why getting out in the garden and planting some bulbs over the next few weeks could be a great idea. Not only will the act of gardening help you be more mindful and distracted, but being able to watch the flowers grow over time will give you something to focus on and brighten up your garden.

While it is too late to plant spring-flowering bulbs, including hyacinths and daffodils, the Royal Horticultural Society recommends putting summer-flowering plants, such as gladioli, into the ground.

Dahlias are also a great choice, giving you flowers by mid-July, while canna lilies are low-maintenance and feel very exotic. These will hopefully bloom once this pandemic has calmed down, giving you a reason to keep the plants thriving and have something to look forward to.

Gardening is also a great activity to get the kids involved in too while schools are closed. They will learn lots of things, including looking after something, biology, regular maintenance, and the wider environment, while also having something to focus on themselves.

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