A quick Google search on the topic of gratitude will reveal millions of posts touting its life-changing benefits. Benefits of a regular gratitude practice include better health and sleep, more happiness, deeper relationships, increased productivity, decreased depression and anxiety, and improved immunity against disease and illness.
Gratitude helps with all of that and more.
So how exactly do you tap into this miracle practice and express gratitude? And how can you get the most bang for your gratitude buck?
Sick is my absolute least favorite 4-letter word. (I’m betting you can guess what my favorite one is.) I’ll pretty much do anything in my power to avoid being sick. On the rare occasion when I feel myself coming down with something, I basically ignore it and pretend like everything’s fine.
Because let’s be honest, I have a toddler. I don’t really get the chance to be sick or take the day off anyway.
But there are times — once or twice a year — when I am full on sick as a dog and cannot drag my ass out of bed. Those are the times when I try to follow (as best I can) the following five pieces of advice.
Before I took my month-long sabbatical in October of 2017, I would grimace at the thought of taking time out from work to do anything that involved self-care. It didn’t matter if those things would make me feel better, more inspired, or happier, I had to eek every ounce of productivity I could from the small amount of time I had without my daughter.
I would literally find myself getting angry if the dog needed to go outside and pee. How DARE she interrupt me when I was working. Don’t even get me started at how I would feel when my daughter decided not to nap in the afternoon.
And then, I stopped working for a month and filled my hours and days with the most luxurious self-care that I could think of. I scheduled massages. I went in for Reiki. I went to the library and took home stacks of books at a time. I went for long, leisurely walks with my dog. I painted. I spent hours writing down every single thing I was grateful for.
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