This time of year when summer starts to slip into a back to school state of mind, weeds can start to pop up, especially for kids. From summer reading, math packets, anticipating a new year and forming new routines, this time of the season can start to feel a little stressful.
As gardeners, it is important to explore healthy and fun ways to manage these weeds (aka stress). Today we are sharing some healthy gardening tools to help turn those weeds into seeds and help kids, families and teachers cope with the back to school stress.
Encourage physical activity: Exercise is a great way to reduce stress and boost mood. Encourage your child (or self) to participate in activities they enjoy, such as swimming, dancing, or playing sports.
Practice mindfulness: Mindfulness activities like deep breathing, meditation, and yoga can help gardeners of all ages stay calm and focused.
Foster creativity: Art, music, and writing can help kids (and gardeners of all ages) express their feelings and reduce stress. Encourage your child to explore their creative side through drawing, playing an instrument, or writing in a journal.
Spend time in nature: Spending time in nature can help reduce stress and improve mood. Go on a hike, have a picnic in the park, or simply spend time being outside.
Enhance time management skills: Feeling overwhelmed by a busy schedule can be stressful for kids especially when it come to switching from summer to September. Time management skills, such as breaking tasks into smaller steps and prioritizing schedules helps gardeners of all ages feel more confident and calm.