If you’re feeling down, bummed out, overwhelmed, worried, anxious – regardless of the circumstance – here are six things to do to help make yourself feel better.

These examples are Tower Hill-focused, but you can find similar activities wherever you are on this beautiful planet of ours.

1. Plant something 

Seriously, if the ground isn’t frozen where you are, find something to plant (our Garden Shop bulbs are on sale now!) and plant it. (Even a winter indoor window box full of herb seeds will do.) There are few better feelings than helping a seed, seedling, or sapling come to life.

2. Plan something

Give yourself something to look forward to. Perhaps a visit to your favorite garden for a special event like Winter Reimagined.

3. Give something

Nothing is more valuable than your time. And few things are as rewarding as giving back to the nonprofits you care so much about. So volunteer, even a little, if you can.

4. Walk someplace

Studies continue to show the immense value taking a walk, particularly in nature, can have on our physical and mental health. Tower Hill has several miles of trails, and, more than likely, there is a wooded trail within reach no matter where you are.

5. Learn something

Here at Tower Hill we offer classes in yoga, forest bathing, zentangle, and so much more. When we fill our minds with new ideas and skills, it leaves less space for worries.

6. Be part of something

Try to make your small corner of the world a better place. Here at Tower Hill we do that by bringing inner city children to the gardens to learn about horticulture, building spaces that help more of us get closer to plants, supporting efforts to rebuild urban forests, and more. Find a cause that’s important to you and help see it through.