Updated: Oct 3
Weeds Can Look Like: Ways that stress can present itself:
In today's fast-paced world, gardeners of all ages are more susceptible to stress (weeds) than ever before. As gardeners, it is helpful to recognize the signs and symptoms of weeds (stress) and empower ourselves, and one another with healthy gardening tools to help us find the calmer path through. Here are some common ways stress and anxiety (weeds) can present itself at home and in school:
Ways Weeds (Stress) Can Present Themselves In Gardeners:
-Appear more clingy than usual.
-Anger and upset easily, act unkind towards others.
-Have stomach aches and headaches.
-Have a hard time concentrating & staying on task. -Over planning for situations and upcoming events.
-Avoiding activities and events.
-Changes in eating patterns.
-Fidget and seem more restless.
Here are some healthy gardening tips and tools to help you and your little gardeners pull your weeds and plant new seed (aka coping strategies to turn your stress into success to use at home and in school):
Physical activity: Exercise is a great way for gardeners to reduce stress and promote overall well-being. Engage in physical activities such as sports, yoga, dancing, or simply going for a walk.
Healthy eating habits: Nutrition plays a significant role in managing your weeds aka stress. Eat a balanced diet that includes fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and lean protein. Avoid junk food and sugary drinks as they can increase stress levels.
Learn some relaxation techniques: Simple relaxation techniques such as deep breathing, meditation, or visualization. These techniques can help calm you down and reduce stress levels.
Create a routine: Gardeners of all ages thrive on routine and structure. Create a daily routine that includes time for homework, play, and relaxation. This will help you feel more in control and reduce stress levels.
Be a good listener: Encourage other gardeners to express their feelings and concerns. Be a good listener and provide emotional support when needed. This will help you and your littler gardeners to feel heard and validated.
Seek professional help: If you or your child's stress levels are affecting their daily life, consider seeking professional help. A therapist or counselor can provide gardeners of all ages with the necessary tools to manage stress and anxiety.