Practicing gratitude is one of the simplest ways to change your perspective for the better. Whether you are going through a difficult time or just want to brighten your mood, this practice has the ability to offer a more positive point of view. No matter what situation we find ourselves in, there is always something to be grateful for and if we can cultivate this mindset, we will be happier for it.
Here are several ways to give this powerful practice a try. Use one or more of these techniques today and enjoy a positive mindset as part of your Self Care Sunday :)
Have a few minutes and want to improve your mood? Find a quiet place to sit or lie down with your eyes closed. Take a few deep breaths and begin to think of something you are happy to have in your life. You can either choose to let all the people, things, and activities you are grateful for flow steadily through your mind or you can meditate on one thing for which you are grateful for the entirety of the meditation.
Create a Gratitude Journal
For the next 30 days write down at least 3 things you are grateful for every day. It can be helpful to create a ritual, practicing gratitude first thing in the morning or before you go to bed each evening. These points of gratitude can be big or small, from the first sips of your morning latte to those in your life who make your heart hum. Writing down these highlights every day strengthens your gratitude muscle and you will find looking on the bright side becomes more of a habit over the course of the month.
Take a walk and bring your attention to everything that brings you joy while you stroll. Turn your phone on silent or leave it at home so you can be truly present while you take your gratitude walk. You could notice the sunny day, the cute dog walking by, the beautiful flowers, whatever suits your fancy. Bringing attention to all of the beauty of life can brighten your mood and make more space for the wonders of life.
Whichever technique works best for you, give gratitude practice a try for your Self Care Sunday. The benefits are so vast, it might be a practice you will want to turn to every day of the week.