When people ask what is the one thing that has helped you the most in my recoveries, my answer is simple – Gratitude.
The art of practising gratitude has been an incredibly powerful tool I have used throughout my recoveries and in my day to day life. Gratitude has helped me to stay present, grounded and enabled me to shed light on all the amazing things still surrounding me in each moment – no matter how dire the situation I am faced with.
So, how can gratitude help you?
- Boosts your mood and motivation
- Brings positive energy and joy into your life, regardless of any challenges you might be facing
- Helps you bring awareness to the things in life that shouldn’t be taken for granted
- Creates new neural pathways and helps your brain rewire itself to automatically look for the good in every situation
My top 5 tips for bringing more gratitude into your life
1. Take a moment to ask yourself – really describe what it is you are grateful for!
‘What can I be grateful for today and why?’
‘Who am I grateful for and why?’
2. Give yourself a little love – what about yourself are you grateful for? Go on, list 3-5!!
Set yourself the goal of bringing grateful each day.
Start this by:
- Journaling daily for one week about 3 – 5 things each day, about yourself and about your life.
- Do this at the start and end of each day for the week and stop to answer…
- What did you notice by practicing this?
Don’t just look externally. Being able to extend gratitude towards yourself is a fantastic way to improve self-esteem and self-confidence. This can be as simple as acknowledging you have a wonderful smile, or a great sense of humour!
3. We often focus on the big and obvious things, but what about the small things?
As I write this, I notice a bee who is busy collecting nectar from a gorgeous white and yellow flower.
I am grateful for the few minutes I have been transfixed on watching it, as it delicately adds the nectar to its stores it carries on its legs.
I am grateful for the flower for providing that sweet nectar and the subtle perfume as the breeze carries it past my nose.
I am grateful for my sense of smell. It allows me to experience this moment by adding a fragrance to this whole minute.
4. You can do it at any time, any day and anywhere! But to start, try one minute in the morning and one minute before you go to bed.
Why not start your day with one minute of gratitude before you get stuck into your day? Ask yourself, ‘What am I grateful for this morning?’ Why not end your day with, ‘How did I feel today?’
5. Express it! Don’t just keep it to yourself, spread that magic around!
Pay it forward. Why not add a little sparkle into the lives of others? Tell someone you love them. Tell them they have beautiful eyes or you simply love their company…You get my gist!
What am I grateful for right now?
Today, I am grateful I woke up with fresh air in my lungs, a heart that rhythmically keeps beating and a brain that keeps functioning regardless of the amount of trauma it has experienced over the past 30 years.
Today, I am grateful for the amazing people in my life who stand by me with unwavering love and dedication.
Today, I am grateful for nature.
Today I am grateful for having fresh, good quality food and water to nourish my body.
Today, I am grateful for being able to share this with you.
Today, I am grateful I am alive – right here, right now.
What are you grateful for in this very moment?