I know it can often feeling like the days are currently rolling past in a fairly mundane way. I know it's tough at times right now, so it's more important than ever to be oh so kind yourself.
One of my top tips for supporting our mindset through challenging times is gratitude. I mentioned it in my 'Self-loving Tips to Uplift' sent out recently (if you didn't see the link to sign up and receive, click here and I'll send it on over too!), and I thought today that I'd dig into it a little more.
So, grab a tea (one of my favourite things to be grateful for!) and relax...
As I mentioned in the 'Self-loving Tips to Uplift', gratitude is shown to play a huge part in improving our happiness and positive outlook in life. It has been scientifically proven to help us in so many ways - such as improving our health, relationships, sleep, self-esteem, and much more.
So, how does gratitude work?
The best way to practice gratitude is to take time in each day to think of 3 things you're grateful for.
I'd like to remind you that it's important to not judge where we're currently at with how this feels. You may think 'great, sounds easy!' and that's brilliant, or you might think 'I cannot even think of one thing right now', and that's ok too. Either way, gratitude will really help you. I promise!
Gratitude works because each day, we take that little bit of time to look for the good. Sometimes we might need to sit there for a little while and think through what we could write down, things to feel thankful for in that day.
There have been times, earlier on in my gratitude practice when I had struggled. I remember one day making a tea and sitting down to do my gratitude, and I was stumped. I sat thinking, finding to tough to think of anything I could get down for the day. I took a sip of tea, and bam! it tasted soooo good! I was so grateful for that tea! I think this was a pivotal moment for me, as it showed me how good gratitude could be.
I probably wouldn't have had such a thankful awareness of such a small thing like my hot mug of tea, if it weren't for practising gratitude.
When we start to be thankful for even the little things, we naturally start to be thankful of so much more. The practice has us starting to look for other things in our day that we can be grateful for. We start having awareness and taking mental notes of what we can get down for our gratitude.
So, you can see how subconsciously we start to look for more positives in each day, and can you just imagine the overall power of that! The subconscious mind plays a part in about 95% of our thinking, so if we can start to have it focusing on good things, we start to bring more positive thoughts into our conscious mind too.
As I say, powerful stuff!
You can see how, in these current times, it can be so beneficial. If you've never tried it, I recommend giving it a go. If it's a daily practice that's slipped, here's the nudge to get back to it. It can help uplift your mood, or keep it uplifted if it already is.You can do your gratitude in a gratitude journal, or simply a notebook or your phone. It's more about the practice of doing it, than how it's done.
Let me know how you get on, and feel free to drop me a message or email and share what 3 things you're grateful for today. Let's get the ball rolling, I'd love to hear!