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Coping tools - in nature

Coping tools - in nature

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.

You can find more resources through my Individual Connectedness materials.

Additional Resources - Library of Printables

Kanesha Baynard

Kanesha is the founder of the Bold Living Today community focused on helping members disrupt unfulfilling patterns through creativity and navigate transition with confidence and boldness.