How do you feel about autumn and the rustling leaves?
In working with teens at the end of September (when we worked on visual sanctuaries) - I talked about the growth, abundance, and the cycle of rebirth that autumn offers.
It's a big transition season - especially for high school seniors who are in the process of considering their post-secondary options and/or applying for college.
There are a lot of obligations at home - and in school.
And on top of that - the college application process.
As we talked about pairing journaling with the visual sanctuaries - as a coping tool for stress - I encouraged the teens to add "time in nature" to their mindfulness list.
- Sitting outside and doing nothing.
- Taking a short walk and looking at the changing colors of the season.
- Raking leaves and jumping in the pile - like they did when they were younger and more carefree.
- Taking the laptop outside - and filling out their applications and/or doing homework while feeling a soft breeze of encouragement.
- Creating a nature based collage to gaze at - when things get hectic and going outside seems like an extra thing to do.
If you have teens in your life - who are feeling overburdened right now - help them connect with nature so they can expand their coping skills toolkit.
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