Did you know that gratitude and mental health are related? They are directly related! The next time you’re feeling down, sad, angry, etc. ask yourself to pause and list 10 things you are thankful for. The act of being thankful brings people out of these slumps. It reminds you to focus on what you already have and how to honor those things you have, rather than drowning in the negativity of whatever negative thing you were focused on. Whenever I feel anxiety, I immediately recognize that I need to be thankful for what I have already accomplished in my life. This is the one of the best remedies for bringing yourself out of an anxious, sad, angry, or negative place.
Sometimes family can be one of the biggest triggers of these negative feelings. Our parents, our siblings, our children, these are the loved ones in our lives that know us so well and have helped us grow into the person we are today at this very moment. Instead of allowing them to trigger us in a negative way with whatever they do, look at them through the lens of gratitude. We can redefine how they affect us.
Every day, several times a day, I give recognition to the things I’m thankful for. I do this because it makes me feel better about everything. Today, Thanksgiving, is a day specifically dedicated to giving thanks. I often wonder if every one gave thanks every day, would we live in a different world?
Today is my father’s 64th birthday. This morning he ran 5 miles with me in the Easton Turkey Chase. I am so thankful for every moment that we have together, for him having such incredible health and endurance at this age. I’m so thankful for the health of my entire family. I’m have an abundance of other things I’m thankful for and perhaps I will share more another time.
The next time you feel like you’re struggling through something, just pause. Take out a piece of paper and a pen, and spend 10 whole minutes writing about everything you are thankful for. Reminding yourself that you are blessed to have clothes on your back, a roof over your head, and food on your plate can bring you back to a state of internal happiness.
I wish you all a Happy and Healthy Thanksgiving with your families and friends.
Be well, xo