This year we all are facing totally different living situations that we used to because of the COVID-19 Pandemic crisis, and yes it’s challenging and you probably are feeling road block after road block right now. Be it working from home, health worker, working long hours, or navigating a recent job loss and the engulf is unavoidable right now regardless of who we are and what we are experiencing.
There may be a situation where we can feel sorrowful and depressing. This blog is a gentle reminder to find the good in your day today because there is beauty to be found in everyday things. It took two years for me to be able to practice gratitude and make the paradigm shift in my mind. If something bothers me I immediately, shift my thought by counting my blessings, and in the process, I feel so light that it becomes easy for me to tackle any situation. Then I realize that for one tiny problem, I freak out, I tend to focus on what is lacking rather than being grateful.
Also, when we wake up in the morning we start thinking with all the never enough problems let it be work pressure, personal issues, financial crunch, or it could be anything that you get your energy down within a second.
Many studies over the past decade have found that people who consciously count their blessings tend to be happier and less depressed. When you are in gratitude or feeling of gratitude you can’t be in another state, so you can’t be angry sad or disappointed when you are feeling grateful. Grateful for me is like a seed and you plant a seed in your life which is going to grow as a beautiful tree in shade of foods and it helps you avoid what we call weeds in our life. If we plant sadness, disappointment or anger this are like weeds in our life.
A lesson I have learned during these months is to find gratitude in the simple things. When I wake up the first thing I do is look at my mom and brother and be grateful to God that the two important people in my life are safe and healthy. I then enjoy my morning tea by witnessing the beautiful morning by taking a peek through my balcony.
The solution for all our challenges is Gratitude. The benefits of practicing gratitude are vast and benefits will surprise you. I have come across with few types of research where practicing gratitude is proved to be beneficial:
- The most important thing to survive this COVID-19 crisis is to have a good immune system. According to the American Heart Association, the practice of gratitude can lower blood pressure and improve immune function. And grateful people engage in more exercise, have better dietary behaviors, are less likely to smoke and abuse alcohol, and have higher rates of medication adherence.
2. The second thing I have noticed is that people are going through lots of stress and depression these days. According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness, practicing gratitude lowers the risk of mental health issues. It helps you Lessen Depression, Anxiety, and Substance Abuse and improves your Self-Esteem.
Practicing Gratitude is can be easy as a pie, worthwhile and Joyous. Here are the few list of things that you can do to start practicing gratitude:
-Every morning start listing at least ten points that you are grateful for.
-Jot down the points that made you happy. What is one good thing that happened during the day?
-List the small success that you achieve every day. It could be anything, let’s say you did you thirty minutes workout or cleaned the house. What is something I am better at today than I was yesterday?
-If you feel uninspired about your work? Find one thing that you are grateful for, it could be having a bunch of great colleagues. What qualities do I appreciate in a co-worker?
-If you have a relationship concern. Write about the things you are grateful for that the person did to you. What qualities do I appreciate in that person? What positive quality have I picked up from that person?
-Write about the opportunity you have today. How can a perceived weakness of mine also be a strength?
-Write about the funny things your children did today. As an example, I am sharing a adorable video of my niece. And I keep listening to it all the time. Please check it out.
Take an empty jar, decorate it with ribbons. Keep a pen and scratch paper accessible near the jar to write ‘’Gratitude Notes’’. Ask everyone in the family to write on things they are grateful for today and put in the jar. Whenever you feel low, just have a glance at the jar and you will realize that life is full of wonderful things to be grateful for and that will give you the courage to conquer anything in life.
“Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend.” – Melody Beattie
But remember one thing gratitude cannot just happen overnight. It is practice we have to nurture every single day. You wouldn’t expect a flower to grow without water, and you wouldn’t expect your body to get healthier without nourishing it. It definitely won’t be easy, but it will be worth it. Start by taking a small step towards gratitude for next 21 days. According to research, it takes 21 days to fully form a new habit, as 21 days is the time required for new neuropathways to be fully formed in your brain. And after that practicing gratitude will become your lifestyle.
I am glad that you made it to the end of the blog. And I would like to give you all my gratitude from the deep of my heart. Thank you for showing so much love for my previous blog.
Since you have read so much about Gratitude I would request you all close your eyes and keep one hand on your heart. As shown in the illustration made by ”Love Me Paris”. Think about one thing you are grateful for?
I would request you all to pass it on to someone who needs to read this because the more selfless you are, the more you may get out of it.
I am sure this blog must have bought some value for you. So I request you to please go ahead and hit that comment, What are the simple things you have found gratitude in?