Count Your Flowers
Updated: Mar 9
What do you get when you cross counting sheep with counting your blessings...today's new 'Gardening Tool', Count Your Flowers! This is a wonderful tool for gardeners of all ages to help you fall asleep, fall back asleep or to help redirect your thoughts from negative to positive. The trick with this tool is the more you use it the more progress you make. Consistency is key!
How it works is when you turn out the lights and your room gets quiet, start thinking of all the things you are grateful for. Start with things that happened that day...a walk with your dog, a sunny day, hearing your favorite song, having dinner with your family. You can then let your mind drift to things you are grateful for overall...family, friends, your home, your school/or profession. You can also focus on all the things you are grateful for in your own body...the air in your lungs, the strong beat in your heart, your feet that get you around, your ears for hearing beautiful sounds, etc. As you can see gardeners, no matter what kind of day you are having, there are always flowers to be grateful for. If you wake up in the middle of the night, repeat the process until you fall back asleep.
This process is also helpful anytime of the day when you find your mind wandering to the weeds (negative thoughts). Just gently redirect yourself back to your grateful thoughts (flowers) and take deep breaths. Repeat as often as needed.
According to Health Matters, "being grateful can have many positive health effects. Studies show practicing gratitude can lead to more intimate and connected relationships, less depression, more motivation and engagement, and better overall mental well-being."
So, what are you waiting for? Start Counting Your Flowers today!
Gardening Tip: For younger gardeners, you may have to help them with this process in the beginning and go through the steps until they are comfortable & confident to do it on their own.