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GATHER WITH GRATITUDE:
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(And Maybe You Should Too)
3 Ways To Lessen Your Stress
Using Gathered Elements From Nature
COPE: Coping strategies for de-stressing like putting a natural art therapy practice in place can used to transition from one season to the next. Simple two second, 100% natural nature crafts - that require no glue or paint mean no official or sophisticated artistic training is necessary. There is an artfulness in arranging euonymus tree clippings on a pumpkin. Pumpkins are a symbol of natural abundance and wholeness. Working with the fresh clippings are easier to shape versus the dried ones. The dried clippings may need some wire to connect into a wreath shape and to stay in place.
Christmas Creative Transition: Add tie a ribbon to the clipping for a natural Holiday decoration. You could also use boxwood or another evergreen clipping to make small wreaths.
HARVEST: Connecting with nature allows us to reset to our natural state. A simple version of this idea is to go for a walk or run outdoors. Make harvesting natural elements a part of your creative process to bring some nature into your homes. Pumpkins, especially the mini creme ones are a fun to decorate with paint, glitter and glue. While painting you are forced to focus on the beautiful form of this gorgeous vegetable.Creating a peaceful pastel colour scheme may be another one of your calming choices for your practice. Pale pink, baby blue and lavender lemonade are great colours to accompany some creme pumpkins.
Anticipating stressors with pre-planning and having some handmade gifts on hand for drop in Christmas guests is another great to lessen stress. Giving my daughter the option of choosing some of our handmade creations to give away as gifts is also a wonderful practice (her choice). When it comes to gift giving for her friends we get to skip the crowded mall and instead focus on taking care with the gift wrapping.
Christmas Creative Transition: Paint and glitter mini pumpkins to match your Holiday colour palette. Red, copper glitter with creme highlights look wonderful together.
PROCESS: Craving out creative pause moments for your natural art therapy practice to process your artistic resources into seasonal gifts and expression is another valuable way to gather with gratitude. Using gathered nature objects and elements like help us to better cope with the increased stress of the year end months. Christmas shop early to allow for more enjoyment of the season to take place. Taking time to mindfully decorate with family and friends is another way to taking the pressures out of making everything perfect.
Christmas Creative Transition: Package baked pumpkin seeds in a jars as a healthy gifts. Pre-wrap and tie dried flower bouquets for a simple handmade gift .
TRY IT: By putting a few of these ideas in place will lead to you replacing stressful moments with peaceful calming productive ones. While you gather with gratitude, you will also be connecting with nature while taking time out for yourself. It is a great idea to fortify your self esteem by reflecting mindfully while creating a calming space filled with the objects of nature.