It’s very easy to get caught up in the hustle, bustle and stress of this time of year. A bit ironic considering the holidays are typically associated with cozy fires, wonderful food, and time well spent with family. However it's quite easy to find ourselves caught up in a whirlwind of exhaustion and stress (which zaps our energy). So what can we do?
Well since we celebrate Thanksgiving in November a popular theme in the wellness community is Gratitude. Now at first sound or glance I understand how this can seem quite cliche. However, I have found in my personal experience that finding small way's to feel and practice having gratitude can make a tremendous difference in my attitude, how I handle stress, and in how I feel overall. The next question that comes into mind is, ok so how do I start a "Gratitude Practice"? The good news is that there are several ways to do this and since we all take to things differently that's a wonderful thing!
So maybe you're stressing about having a lot of company or preparing a large meal for many people? One way to approach this with gratitude is, take a moment to yourself, just a few minutes, close your eyes, take a few deep cleansing breaths, then with awareness in your heart take a moment to feel gratitude for having the means to have such a meal and that there are people whom you care about to share in that abundance with. This practice can work for just about any circumstance. When you notice feelings of stress or frustration just take a few moments, take a deep breath or two, or ten, and find the thing to be grateful for in that moment. Other ways to have a gratitude practice include a ‘gratitude jar’ (this is great for families) or to write/think about at least 3 things you are grateful for each day. These little practices can literally transform your perspective. To give it a test, try doing this for at least 21 days and notice if more positive feelings or circumstances are coming to you or maybe you’ll even find that you have more energy as a result.
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