In times of trial, practice gratitude

As a globalised society, we have all hit a little bump in the road. Whether it be through somebody we know that has been affected by the COVID-19 outbreak or ourselves personally. Some people have lost their jobs and sadly a smaller majority have even lost a loved one. It is the hard times like these that practising gratitude can help bring calm to the chaos.

How can I practice gratitude?

Sometimes practising gratitude can be a bit easier said than done. Specifically when it feels like everything is a bit out of place. Here are a few small things you can do each day to practice gratitude:

 

1. Keep a gratitude journal and add to it each day

At the end of each day, write down three things you were grateful for that day. This can be as small as being able to go for a walk or talk to a family member.

2. Once a day, make an effort to tell someone you love them and how much you appreciate them

By opening your heart to those around you, not only are you making a difference to the way you feel but you are lightening up somebody else’s day too. Small gestures of gratitude towards others can go a long way.

3. Notice the beauty in nature each day

Nature can bring a sense of clarity and simplicity to our lives. Notice the flowers in your garden growing, listen to the birds sing in the mornings as the sun greets you with its warm embrace, close your eyes and take a breath; breathe in the fresh air that surrounds you and be grateful for its ability to keep your body moving and your heart pumping.

4. Avoid negative media and movies with destructive content

This can be a hard one to implement at the moment as we all want to keep up to date with what is going on around the world with the COVID-19 outbreak and how it is going to affect us. Be aware of where you are sourcing your information from and take everything with a pinch of salt. Listen to your intuition and follow your gut feelings.

5. Cook meals with love, think of the people you will feed

Food is a scarce resource in some parts of the world. Be present when you are cooking your meals, be grateful that we are still able to feed the ones we love and ourselves.

There are many studies that have proven the effects of gratitude on one’s mental well-being.  Practising gratitude can help you feel more optimistic about the future and allow you to be present and accepting of the current times. Start small and you will slowly start to notice how your practices of gratitude become contagious to the people around you.

 

Stay Strong Warriors,

SBA HQ