Mental Health Awareness Month: May
May is Mental Health Awareness month. Our staff wanted to share with you what we do to self-care and be cognizant of our mental health.
Gardening is my self-care. Watching seeds sprout inside while it’s still winter, spotting the first asparagus spear to break through in the spring, picking the first tomato in summer — every part of the routine inspires me. Arranging rock borders, weeding, and spreading mulch are activities that are not only fabulous exercise, but they are ways to help me feel organized and in control. Gardening is like painting a giant canvas that evolves with never-ending beauty and surprises, giving me the comfort of predictability while also showing me that even that which I do not control often results in something interesting. Even when areas get overgrown, plants don’t make it, or a critter decides to munch (which happens a lot!) looking forward to trying again in the next growing season provides endless hope.
-Mrs. Abigail W. James, MA, LBS