I talked about expressing gratitude in my recent blog post, 10 Mental Health Tips To Try Today. This is a topic that you will see me write about often, as I find it very important.
I think there was a point in my life where I did not express gratitude and I certainly took things for granted. After I experienced a life-changing loss, I started looking at things in my life from a much different perspective. I was forced to step back and realize what I had in front of me and what was important…
Gratitude, or how we practice it, may mean something different for everyone. A quick google search will bring up many articles and blog posts about how expressing gratitude has benefited people in their lives. We could go over all of these, but I do think that it is something that you have to experience for yourself. I am also not going to provide evidence or research- I just want you to know a few of the positive ways it has changed my life and hope that gives you the courage to try something new!
- GIVES YOU COURAGE.
I have always been very timid when it came to trying new things. I have this fear of failure and judgement that for a long time, I was not able to get past. I believe that gratitude has helped me succeed and be more adventurous. I am not afraid to say, “Yes!” and try something new. Now, when I fail or do not see the results that I wanted, I am able to be grateful for the journey and the lessons learned from it.
- EASE DEPRESSION AND ANXIETY.
Through my own mental health journey, I have suffered from both depression and anxiety. By shifting my energy to focusing on the good things in my life, I am able to calm my anxious mind. When I am feeling depressed or anxious, I make a list of a few things that I am currently grateful for.. These are reminders of why I am here and why my life is so valuable.
Here is a list of 5 things that I am grateful for TODAY.
- The small and free pleasures in life.
The birds chirping, the sun warming my face..
- My friends and family.
For the unconditional love, support and guidance they provide me.
- New opportunities.
And not being afraid to shoot for the stars.
- My struggles.
Although they may have once broken me down, I was able to build myself back stronger than ever. I wouldn’t be who I am today without having faced those struggles.
- The internet.
For providing me with connections to friends and family all over the world- and letting me share my story with everyone.
I recommend everyone build this into their daily or weekly self-care routine. I am still working on remembering these skills but they are honestly life-changing. This is also a good reminder that nothing happens over night- don’t get discouraged and give it some time. You really have to make this into a frame of mind and practice it regularly to see and feel the results.
I find that focusing my energy on the positive things in my life, really shifts everything and everyone around me.