How to Calm Anxiety With Garden Therapy, Meditation & Acceptance

How to Calm Anxiety

Life is hard! That’s the biggest lesson I’ve learned over the years.

No one has it easy. No matter how beautiful, put together, or relaxed someone appears on Instagram, guaranteed, they have difficult times in their life. We all struggle with fear of the unknown, fear of change, getting stuck in a rut with our spouses, etc. The list goes on! A Buddhist saying goes ‘we all have 75 problems going at one time’. It never changes; once one problem gets solved another one jumps in its place.

I’ve been thinking about this a lot lately, because I recently finished writing my latest book Grow a Salad in Your City Apartment. It’s been exhilarating, but also at times, stressful. My goal was to write a book that helps people grow their own food in a small city environment and also have a way of relieving stress and anxiety in their lives. Being in nature is very therapeutic. Even in winter, I have bundled up my kids and taken them for a walk to pick up interesting stones and their happiness is radiant. They are filled with energy and vitality. It’s no different for adults. I think a lot of the reason gardening helps is about having that quiet, secret place to “hide” and take time for yourself.

My favorite way to experience this: Sitting in the sun and closing my eyes to feel the rays of sun on my face. Basking in the sun like a cat. No phone to distract. Then I write in my journal any thoughts that come to me.