As merry and bright this time of year is, let’s face it gardeners with it can also come 'weeds' aka stress. It is easy to get overwhelmed and overstimulated this time of year for kids and adults alike, due to the excitement, change in routine, and expectations to participate in family events. However, with a little guidance and support, gardners can learn healthy ways to manage holiday stress and fully embrace the magic of the festive season.
Here are some tips to help gardeners manage stress during the holidays:
Encourage regular exercise: Exercise can help reduce stress and anxiety. Encourage your family to get outside and play, or participate in a fun winter sport like ice skating or sledding.
Practice deep breathing: Deep breathing can help calm the mind and reduce stress. Encourage your kids and yourself to take deep breaths when feeling overwhelmed or anxious.
Maintain a regular sleep schedule: Lack of sleep can exacerbate stress and anxiety. Encourage your family to maintain a regular sleep schedule, even during school breaks.
Set realistic expectations: The holiday season can be full of expectations, but it's important to set realistic ones for your family. Don't over-schedule activities or events, and make sure you understand that it's okay to say no if they're feeling overwhelmed.
Practice gratitude: Encourage gardeners to focus on the positive aspects of the holiday season, like spending time with loved ones or enjoying festive traditions. Practicing gratitude can help reduce stress and anxiety.
Seek support: If you or your child is struggling with stress or anxiety, don't hesitate to seek support from a mental health professional or school counselor. They can provide additional resources and strategies to help your child manage their stress.
Wishing all our gardener friends a calm, joyful and fun holiday season!
Discover helpful tips for managing holiday stress for gardeners of all ages. Learn how to reduce stress and fully embrace the magic of the festive season.