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Practicing Self-Regulation

Updated: Oct 8, 2020

Hello Gardeners!

Being able to recognize what you are feeling and why you are feeling it can be sometimes be a challenge. Having the ability to stop and figure out what you need in a particular moment is something that takes being honest with yourself, patience and trial & error.

To find out what works best for you, is to try out various coping strategies. For example, when you find yourself stressed and have some 'weeds' popping up, try taking a walk, doing a quick breathing technique, or playing a game with a friend or family member. Keep track of what works to help you take your mind off your 'weeds' (your negative thoughts) and focus on your 'flowers' (your positive thoughts) but also take note of what doesn't help!

Sometimes, we just need some alternate activities to disrupt those weeds from growing. That's why today in this #PullYourWeeds Blog post we are making "Self-Regulation Flower Pinwheels" which is 'positive distraction' tool to help you get out of the weeds and focus on your flowers!

This flower themed pinwheel can help when you or your children are feeling sad, scared overwhelmed, or mad. Just spin the wheel and see what calming or relieving action you can take to help you try and redirect your thoughts. It's also a wonderful way to introduce new coping strategies at home or in the classroom!

What you'll need:

Cut a small circle out of one of the paper plates, a slightly larger circle from the second, and cut flower petals from the third.

From the scraps cut out a very small circle, poke two holes in the center, and thread through your twist tie. Poke one hole in the center of each of your paper plates. Paint the plate with the petals like you would a flower and the two other plates colors of your choice.