Pandemic Stress got you? Here’s to Tranquility, Joy and a Sense of Peace

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By Marci Moore, Coweta County Master Gardener Extension Volunteer

We are all reaching a stress level that many of us have never experienced with pandemic health concerns, family safety, work, isolation, food and finances.

Why not try making a tranquility area around your home and give yourself a bit of distraction as well as a place to enjoy nature at its best.  It does not matter if you live in an apartment, a townhome, a home with limited space or a home with land to spare – you can make a spot or even two for you!

Consider potted plants such as hibiscus or small roses for continuous summer bloom.  Take houseplants out on your balcony and surround yourself in lush green. Add a few pots of color that offer nectar for the butterflies and hummingbirds that will add to your atmosphere.  A comfy chair and small table in the center of that area will be your getaway place.

Consider growing a vegetable garden or herb garden and experiment with using fresh herbs in your favorite dish. Walking to your garden each morning and watching it grow releases inner happiness knowing you and your family made that happen together and bringing in a basket of fresh homegrown veggies is a joy for anyone.  Keep herb gardens close to the house so they are convenient, close to a water source and sheltered from the hottest part of the day’s sun.

If you already have a vegetable garden, then try something new like Master Gardeners, Melanie, who grew her own organic wheat and barley this year; or include little splashes of color in your oasis where you can sit with a book and go to another place far away like Master Gardener, Amy, who plants poppies for that “pop” of color. Poppies are easy to grow and come in a variety of different colors.

You can make your little escape as fancy or as simple as you like, but one thing is for sure, a few pavers, inexpensive chairs and some beautiful plants with a good book will provide a much needed reprieve from the stress that comes with a pandemic.

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