Building Up Your Toolbox
Every gardener with a growing & blooming garden needs a toolbox. Something that holds everything they need to control and pull their weeds, keep their flowers healthy, and prevent any invasive overgrowth.
Take a minute to think about your personal toolbox - what helps YOU pull YOUR weeds? Maybe you find you can let go of a lot of stress & anxiety when you play team sports or are exercising. Maybe you feel your happiest when you are reading and exploring new worlds through books. Each and every one of us has a toolbox full of innate and learned strategies that help us balance the good and the bad.
As gardeners, we are always looking for new and effective ways to keep our gardens healthy. Meditation is maybe one of the best tools you can have in your toolbox. People assume meditation means sitting still for hours and associate it with boredom. At the end of the day, meditation is just about focusing your mind for a period of time, and the goal is to get you out of your head and come back into the present moment. Try our 5-minute Meditation that focuses on the breath!
If you lose count or you can't count past a certain number, don't worry! Just start back at 1. After the 5 minutes is up, you breath should be regulated, mind clear, and body relaxed.
Make a list of your flowers - the things that make you feel the most you or the things you are looking forward to in the next week
Make a list of HOW you pull your weeds - what are some of the things you do or think about when you aren't feeling your best? Really think about this one! Maybe you wear a special necklace, doodle in a sketchbook, or talk to an invisible friend when you are scared. We all cope differently!
Now, make a list of the weeds you are struggling to pull. Include all of them! Some are harder to pull than others.
Once you've finished, look at this list. Ask yourself:
Do I need more tools in my toolbox?
Which tools work the best for me?
Are any of my tools not helping?
Can I do a little more to control my weeds & water my flowers?