A great way to change your perspective on things is to look through the lens of gratitude. Even when things don’t seem so good, just look a little closer and you’ll probably find something to be grateful for. Here are a couple of activities we suggest to make gratitude a habit…
Make a Gratitude List
We all have tough times when we need some uplifting messages to remind us that there is positivity there. We suggest you create a list of everyday things that make your life comfortable and enjoyable. Think of simple things such as clean water, food, warmth, entertainment or connections with friends/family.
It can also be an opportunity to let your creativity out by designing your list in an imaginative way, including colours, drawings etc.
Start a Gratitude Journal
If you find the ‘attitude of gratitude’ helpful, you may wish to include it in your daily routine. Think about what time of day would work best for you. Some people find that first thing in the morning works for them and sets them up for the day with a positive mindset. Alternatively, you could reflect on what you were grateful for throughout the day just before you go to sleep.
A gratitude journal can be as simple as you want. Simply list bullet points such as:
- “I am grateful to have a cosy bed to have a safe, relaxing night’s sleep”
- “I am grateful for the food I ate today (which you could have experienced with a mindful eating practice) and the work of the people who prepared it”
- “I am grateful for the opportunity to nurture my skills at a hobby”
- Even if you’ve had a neutral day, you could write: “I am grateful that today was a stress-free and nothing went wrong.”
Why should I bother?
Research shows that keeping a gratitude journal is beneficial for your physical and mental health by reducing feelings of anxiety, depression and stress. It can also help you to cultivate empathy with others and build healthier relationships.
We hope that we’ve inspired you to start a gratitude practice to start bringing some peace into your life.
If you’re interested in learning about more methods of maintaining your wellbeing, please get in touch. You can phone us on 01290 428 474 or message us on Facebook.