When that summer state of mind starts to wander to the back to school blues, gardeners of all ages need to be ready with some go-to gardening tools. Breathing exercises are always one of our favorite gardening tools to use in a pinch as you can do them anytime, anywhere. By taking deep breaths you can lower your heart rate, decrease your stress and increase your calm.
An easy and effective breathing exercises we like to use is called 5 to 7, 7 to 11. How it works is take a deep breath in and count to 5, then exhale slowly and count to 7. When you are ready, work your way up to counting to 7 on your inhale and 11 on your exhale. The counting in this particular grounding activity helps to slow you down and draw attention to the present moment.
(Scroll down for a bonus recipe & learn how to make Gardener Anna's Color Scented Bubbles)
Hey gardeners, did you know blowing bubbles is also a wonderful form of stress relief for kids of all ages? By blowing bubbles gardeners are actually learning an easy, deep breathing technique that requires us to focus on the present moment and relax!
Gardener Anna's Color Scented Bubbles
4 Cups Warm Water
1/2 Cup Blue Dish Soap
1/2 Cup Sugar
A few dashes of essential oil (optional)
A few drops of food coloring (optional)
Dissolve sugar in water with a whisk. Add dish soap and be careful not to over mix. Distribute evenly into mason jars. Add a few drops of essential oils and food coloring for a fun twist! Press play to watch the video below when the gardeners made these bubbles on Camp Hello Gardeners®!
PRESS PLAY TO WATCH GARDENER ANNA & GARDENER AIDAN MAKE COLOR SCENTED BUBBLES >>