A reminder to all gardeners: As you nurture your garden, don't forget to be patient with yourself. Just like flowers and weeds coexist in a garden, you can be happy, hurting and healing all at the same time.
As you continue to nurture your garden, remember that it is a process. It takes time for the seeds to grow and for the plants to flourish. Similarly, healing is also a process that takes time and patience.
Here are some gardening tips (for gardeners of all ages) to help you be patient with yourself while you are in a state of emotional healing:
Take breaks when you need them. Just like you take a break from tending to your garden, take breaks from your healing process when you need to and try to seek out moments of happiness. Meet up with friends, watch a funny movie, read a silly book.
Don't compare yourself to others. Each garden is unique and so is each healing journey. Focus on your own progress and celebrate your own successes.
Practice self-care. Just like you nourish your garden with water and sunlight, nourish yourself with things that make you feel good, such as exercise, healthy food, and hobbies.
Be kind to yourself. Remember gardeners that healing is not a linear process and setbacks are normal. Treat yourself with compassion and understanding.
Seek support when you need it. Just like plants need support to grow, you may need support from friends, family, or a therapist to help you through your healing journey.