Updated: Jan 4
4 Ways to Cultivate an Attitude of Gratitude as a Form of Self-Care
Like many across the world, 2020 has radically changed my life. The unusual and trying times has forced us to change my daily routine and life priorities. It has also forced me to embrace and practice gratitude on a more consistent basis. Increasing my practice of gratitude during these trying times has improved my self-care routine - I'm more optimistic and motivated throughout the day, and my anxiety levels are lower.
As you approach the Thanksgiving holiday and close out the rest of the year, I encourage you to cultivate an attitude of gratitude. Recalling events that you are grateful for will empower your peace of mind and self-care routine. Read on for four ways to cultivate an attitude of gratitude for improved self-care.
Start and End Each Day With Gratitude
Make it a practice to start and end your day by speaking out loud why you are grateful.
Starting your day with gratitude will enable you to start each day with a positive mind frame and help proactively alleviate negative thoughts, depressing moods, and sneaky anxiety.
Ending your day with gratitude will force you to recall small moments you may have overlooked during the day due to busyness, frustration, or being distracted by other things.
Celebrate Your Small Wins As Often As Your Big Ones
Often we can feel stuck or overwhelmed when we believe life is moving faster than we planned. Remember that to achieve your big goals, there are smaller goals along the journey.
Be sure to celebrate each win along the way - big or small. Celebrating your small wins will prevent you from feeling stagnant and bolster your mood, motivation, and self-confidence.
Own The Now - Live in The Moment
Own the now by living in the present and appreciating the moments that are happening now. Don't get distracted by your past or obsessed with worrying and planning for the future.
Let go of the past and do not wait for the future - own the now.
Find and Focus on the Silver Lining
A silver lining - a positive aspect in an otherwise negative situation - can sometimes be hard to notice. However, once we acknowledge the silver linings, they can positively impact our situation and outlook on life.
As you continue this year with this unexpected pandemic and other life events, it is critical to find and focus on the silver linings.