By Diane Hill
As we head into spring, many of us are wishing for things to be “back to normal”. We feel a bit lost, and we want to move on, up and out of this situation. By practising gratitude, it has the capacity to change your world, positively impacting your health and promoting feelings of calm, peace and acceptance, even in challenging times. It’s finding the silver lining amongst the chaos, making good days better and helping you get through more difficult ones. Gratitude is one of the highest vibrational feelings you can feel, up there with feelings of love, joy and peace.
Step 1: Be present
We cannot control the future, that just creates anxiety and worry. What we can control is acceptance of the present moment and be grateful that this too shall pass. It is impossible to feel anxiety or fear when you feel grateful.
Step 2: Focus on what you do have
We take our lives for granted, so we don’t see the good around us. When you are grateful for what you do have right now, you see life differently. You have your health, you’re alive! Maybe you’ve got more downtime or you’re visiting places closer to home you never knew existed. Maybe you’re not commuting so much, or your employer is paying your wifi.
Step 3: Start a gratitude practice
Finding just 10 things to be grateful for each day can help improve your emotional state. Has this time allowed you to reflect on what you want out of life? Are you thankful for the medical world and healthcare workers? What about the teachers who stepped up and enabled online learning so your child can continue their education?
Step 4: Finding gratitude in the smallest things
There is always something for you to feel grateful for – a warmer day, a smile or a compliment, a roof over your head, food in your fridge, rain filling up the dams. We might overlook the small things, but they are often the most important and meaningful parts of life. When you feel grateful, more will come into your life to be grateful for.
Step 5: Finding gratitude even in the challenges
Be grateful for being shown what you don’t want in life. Even in grief, can you feel gratitude for that person’s life and what they brought to the world? Everything in life is a lesson to learn from and you can be grateful for that. The whole world has learnt “by doing” in this process, and whilst we might feel frustrated, practising forgiveness and compassion opens yourself up to more opportunities to feel grateful.
Step 6: Look after you
When we operate in overwhelm and fear, it is impossible to relax, so incorporate things in your life you DO love doing – getting a coffee, cooking beautiful food, listening to music, a weekend away, a run on the promenade or being in nature? This makes you feel good, stronger and more capable – and this is something to be grateful for.
Step 7: Pay it forward
Can you donate clothes or items you no longer need, or buy groceries for an elderly neighbour or a health care worker? Check in on loved ones and send messages of support. You just might be reminded of how many things you have to be grateful for.
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