It’s time for another instalment of #SelfCareSunday! Today we’re talking gratitude, and how expressing appreciation for yourself & your surroundings can instantly lift you up – even if you feel like you have a dark cloud hanging above your head.
We all have those days. You know, the ones where it seems like everything that could possibly go wrong is going wrong. Your alarm didn’t go off, you’re stuck in bumper-to-bumper traffic, and damn it…you forgot your wallet at home. Someone at work is taking their anger out on you for something that isn’t your fault. Your significant other said or did something that rubbed you the wrong way. The list goes on… In an instant, we let an insignificant “negative” moment shape our mood.
But in an instant, we can bounce back by practicing gratitude.
grat·i·tude / noun
the quality of being thankful; readiness to show appreciation for and return kindness
Yeah, so what my alarm didn’t go off? I’m thankful I can afford a phone. Bumper-to-bumper traffic? I’m thankful I don’t have to walk to work in the freezing cold. As for the difficult and negative people I encounter throughout my life, I silently thank them for inadvertently challenging me to be a better person.
Gratitude is a reminder that the little things we often overlook in our lives sum up to something much greater than the minor unpleasant moments. Getting angry or annoyed won’t change a thing, so we might as well focus on the good. If you’re ever having a “bad” day, stop and give yourself a reality check. Chances are, it could be worse. Be thankful that it isn’t. Once you change your perspective, you can change your whole world. All of a sudden, being stuck in traffic or missing your train won’t seem so bad.
How to practice gratitude RIGHT NOW:
- Having a bad day? QUICK! think of three (or more) things you’re thankful for. There you go, your day is instantly better. It’s super cheesy but trust me, it works.
- Let someone in your life know that you appreciate them : write a letter, send them a text, give them a call (do people still talk on the phone these days?)
- Start a daily gratitude journal
- List the little things : I like to keep a little “thank you” note on my phone where I list out the little things that happen throughout the day that I’m thankful for. I simply write “Thank you for (insert person/thing/experience here).” If you aren’t into the other two methods, this is the perfect way to be grateful on the go.
The beauty of this practice is that it takes almost no effort and in as little as one minute, you can change your mood from 0 to 100 real quick.
Start your week off on a good note. What are you thankful for today?
I’m thankful for you, person reading this!