The other day, I noticed the yard is mostly brown.
Which is normal for autumn. Especially when it’s been a bit dry. The leaves in the trees are changing to muted heathers, and the grass is golden or brown.
When I first heard that locals consider these weeds, I could hardly believe it. Now I know why, although I still like them. They are smaller than the seeds I’ve planted in the past.
My initial reaction is to smile, which lightens my load. Instead of thinking of them as weeds, I am grateful I no longer have to plant morning glories to enjoy them. Instead, I feel the tension in my muscles relax as I take a few moments to enjoy them. And I’m sure my signs of stress are reduced.
How can weeds reduce your signs of stress?
- Think of them as flowers or plants instead of weeds. And take a moment to enjoy them.
- Let go of having the perfect yard. Is it really necessary or as important as enjoying your yard? Can you feel yourself relax as you just let the weeds be there? Or maybe pick a few without getting all upset over them?
- Are they there because you’ve chosen not to use as many chemicals on your lawn? Maybe you’re making your lawn safer for your children, grandchildren or pets. Or maybe just wildlife and the environment in general. Or maybe your pocketbook!
And you might just find more than one color to enjoy…
Are you stressed and looking for a way to reduce your stress?
A deep laugh can be very helpful to reduce your signs of stress immediately.
Another way to reduce stress is to celebrate. Celebrating each day…celebrating the little things and the big.
There’s no reason you have to wait until Thanksgiving to give thanks. Even if it’s for what some people consider weeds.
To your healthy and happy caregiving & knitting,
Ina Gilmore, M.D. (Retired)
“The Knitting Dr.”
P.S. For more ways to celebrate and share the celebration with others be sure to check out The 21-Day “I AM a Gift to the World!” Challenge.