There are many different versions of self care and wellness. Looking after your mind, body and soul. One, which is often forgotten, is being grateful. It is something that can sound obvious or contrite. But there are many people who agree that remembering what you are thankful for can have a positive impact on you as well as the people around you.
Being grateful for the things that you have can help your mental health simply by reminding you of what you have. Thinking about what you are thankful for concentrates the mind on the positives in your life, making the negatives seem less large.
On a bad day it can be hard to be grateful and feel thankful for anything. But these are the days it is even more important to remember what you have to bring you calm or more positive. So here are a few ways to help remember the good on bad days:
Start each day with a list of things you are grateful for. Your family, your friends, your pets, blue skies, your favourite shoes, whatever brings you joy. Choose two or three of the most important things to you and say them (out loud or in your head) every morning when you wake up. It can change each day or stay the same.
Or, if you prefer not to list them each morning, write out a list and pin it to your wall or notice board. Keep reading it and reminding yourself of what you love. Everyday or just on the days when you need a little more uplift.
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