Happy Wednesday everyone! Here in the US, tomorrow is the day we celebrate Thanksgiving. Many of us are looking forward to eating all the turkey, stuffing and everything else we can possibly hold. As I type this, I can’t help but think about the lines of people I saw on the news yesterday; people who are just trying to get some food to feed their families; people who are struggling to make ends meet. It breaks my heart and makes me realize just how blessed I am, and how much I have to be grateful for.
When we have years like 2020, it can be difficult to remember all the reasons we have to be thankful, but it can be vitally important to our overall wellness.
On Monday, we talked about how gratitude impacts our wellness. Learning to be grateful can not only improve our physical and psychological health, it can help us make new friends and become more resilient.
I can personally attest to the impact it can have on our psychological health. One day last week, it seemed everything was ‘going wrong.’ It was just one of those days where it was just one thing after another, and I started to feel really anxious. When we went to bed that night, I just couldn’t go to sleep.
After tossing and turning for a couple of hours, I decided to go ahead and get up. As I sat there in the family room I knew I had to do something to keep those worries from circling around in my head. I decided to make a list of all the things I had to be grateful for.
As I listed one thing after another, I started to feel much more calm. I realized that even if the things I was worried about did happen, there was nothing that couldn’t be fixed. I was able to go back to bed and sleep like a baby for the rest of the night.
This week, let’s ask ourselves:
We know an ‘attitude of gratitude’ can positively impact our overall wellness. Learning to cultivate one, however, can take some time, especially if our circumstances aren’t ideal. If you find it difficult to be grateful right now, I hope you won’t give up on looking for those small things that bring light to our lives.
Have you ever noticed that being grateful improved your wellness in some way? What’s one thing you’re grateful for today? Please share!