Last blog I wrote about journalling…the one thing that’s helped kept me somewhat sane during ISO…it truly has been a shining light of this incredibly weird year.
The other thing I’ve had as part of my life in recent years is practicing gratitude and it relates to the art that is journalling…BUT, to be honest, sometimes I forget. Sometimes I skyrocket out of bed (somewhat mindfully…eek!) to do my yoga class and it slips away…or I was too tired before I went to bed and just crashed and forgot. My bad…
In a time where many lives have been impacted so considerably by that C word (C19, that is…ahem…), it’s easy to feel heavy, feel sorry for yourself or the situation you’re in…and this is where practising gratitude is a game changer.
So what is gratitude? Well, if we go down the dictionary route, it’s defined as “the quality or feeling of being grateful or thankful”. But, what does that actually mean?
I prefer to think of it as what it embodies…
…How I integrate it into my life…
…How it feels in my energy…
…How it integrates in my mindset
The integration of gratitude into your day can have a profound impact on your life and your mental health…and it’s so simple, but the impacts can be widespread.
So how do you do it?
There’s different ways to do it…you could:
- have a dedicated book/journal you write them in
- grab a jar and create scraps of paper and write your gratitude on the pieces of paper and pop them in the jar
- text or call a friend or loved one your daily gratitude and ask them for their daily gratitude back
- in bed say it to your loved one when you wake up or go to bed
When do you do it?
It’s great to get into the habit of doing it at least in the morning so you’re starting your day thinking about the people or things you’re grateful for. Equally, it’s profound to do right before you go to sleep as it will enter your subconscious…and best of all is if you can do it in the morning when you wake up and the evening before you go to bed.
But I hear you asking “How do you get into the habit of doing it though Emily?” Great question!
Here’s my tips:
- calendar alert in your phone
- have your jar or journal beside your bed so it’s a visual reminder
- choose a reliable friend to exchange with who will never forget
So there you have it…my thoughts on gratitude. I’d love to hear about your practices with gratitude so please comment below or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org