The holiday season can be an especially stressful time. One way to take on stress: connect with nature.

Nature and winter don't always seem like a promising pair, but Jennifer Ebeling, the host of the Daily Gardner Podcast and an American Heart Association volunteer, says there's still ways to enjoy the outdoors.

This Thanksgiving:

  • Go on a foraging nature walk
  • Find a really interesting log or wood artifact
  • Bring it home and do a craft project — decorate the log with feathers, seeds, pinecones, fruit, vegetables. drill holes for candles — to create a Yule Log centerpiece to use the rest of your Holiday entertaining.

Emma Micthell's book "Making Winter, has plenty of ideas on how to connect to nature and projects you can do to reduce stress.

Jennifer shares gardening tips as well as horticultural news, history, & literature on The Daily Gardener Podcast available wherever you listen to podcasts.

Health benefits and tips to de-stressing can be found at www.heart.org (more specifically: https://www.heart.org/en/healthy-living/healthy-lifestyle/stress-management/lower-stress-how-does-stress-affect-the-body)