An 8 year old child I used to baby sit once said to me: “Every moment is a gift, that’s why it’s called the present”.
Yesterday wasn’t a great day… it was one of those days when we feel like our world is crumbling around us. I have so much on the go, I was worrying about my future, then my cat ran away… I was just plain stressed. Sometimes though, you need days like this so that you can just STOP, take a deep breath, and start over.
It is impossible to feel overwhelmed or stressed when you feel gratitude. Volunteer, give thanks to those who have passed before us, or recite positive affirmations, what ever works for you.
Always take time to slow down. Live, breathe, and learn. Take a look around you and be grateful for all that you are and all that you have. – Dr. Libby Weaver
I try to start each day with gratitude. If I remember to, I will lie in bed before I start my day and I will think about 3 things that I am grateful for upon waking. Before bed, I do the same. I think about what went well during the day and be thankful for any lessons learned. Why do I do this? It makes me feel good. Rather than lying awake at night worrying about the the day passed or the day ahead I spent that time thinking about how lucky I am. Sure, it’s easier said than done sometimes but when I do, I feel … happier.
I encourage you to do the same. Keeping a journal of your reflections is a great idea and a good reminder of all those things that you have been grateful for. Just taking 2 minutes a day to think of 3 things that you’re grateful for will do wonders for you health and wellness. It reminds you of the positive things in your life. It turns all those bad things into good things. It reminds you of what’s important, and it reminds you to thank others.
So go ahead…. what are you grateful for today?