Listening to the sound of gently moving water is very relaxing. You do not even have to be sitting outside in your garden but could have the kitchen window or patio doors open on a summer’s day to appreciate the soothing sound. The worries of a stressful day can float away as you sit calmly winding down and listening to the music of the water and the wildlife that is attracted to it.
We know that we find running water relaxing, but it can have many other health benefits too, new research shows. Garden fountains create negative ions in the air around them which, it is believed, may neutralise impurities caused by traffic pollution. Cleaner air will be of benefit to your physical health, of course, but it is also thought to be of benefit to your mental health. Some research suggest that those negative ions will also improve your mood by raising the brain’s serotonin levels. Serotonin has long been recognised as the hormone that governs your mood. Low levels are associated with depression and anxiety. If you suffer from low moods, anxiety or depression, it may help to raise your serotonin levels. An increase in serotonin is also believed to lead to increased energy levels and may even help relieve migraine headaches.
Garden fountains make you feel better but they also make your garden look better. Stone fountains in particular will make an attractive focal point. You might want to consider placing one in a forgotten corner of your garden and so giving it a new lease of life. On the other hand, garden fountains can be a great asset if placed close enough to your house to be heard from an open window. Do not underestimate the wealth of colour and life it will bring to your garden. Birds, dragon flies and butterflies will all be attracted to it in the summer months.
Outdoor fountains are easy to install and will not increase your water bills by any significant amount. In fact, they are very economical to run because they do not use very much water at all, instead constantly recirculating a small amount. They come in many different designs and you are sure to find one that suits your taste and budget.
If you would like to install a water garden feature, please look around our site or contact one of our helpful team for advice.