Give gratitude first thing in the morning.
Yep that’s it.
If you don’t have time to do anything else for yourself in the morning before you plunge into the day’s work, then I’d recommend this. You can do it in the traffic, on the train, while you’re walking, or before you get out of bed in the morning.
Did you expect it to be that easy?
I know a few years ago if I’d opened a blogpost with this title I would have expected a tip telling me to eat some superfruits or go for a 5k run. Now, these things are great and fantastic too, however they don’t touch the deeper soul part of ourselves like practicing gratefulness does.
Switching our brains to a place of abundance, perhaps from indifference or lack helps us to start the day with a feeling of lightness and acceptance. You see, our brains are hardwired towards a negativity bias, so it doesn’t take much to trigger us into reactiveness or complaint mode.
When the demands are upon us or things don’t go as planned then stress and reactivity is likely to build up. However if we’ve started the day right and connected to our higher selves then these triggers tend to wash over us more gracefully and we’re able to approach the demands of the day with more ease and flow.
And who doesn’t want that eh? It’s better for our health and wellbeing and all of those around us.
So to start with, I’d recommend thinking of 3 things that you’re grateful for in your life. Start with the big things – maybe your health, the love of your family etc. Then as the days go by, start to extend this list, maybe include things like: you have a warm home, you have access to delicious food, you received a compliment or a smile from a stranger or you saw a beautiful sunset that stopped you in your tracks.
Each day as you build on your list you’ll find that there is no end of things to be grateful for.
These simple pleasures, that we sometimes take for granted are all around us if we open our eyes and take them in.
If you can find a quiet place to do this, then all the better. Maybe close your eyes, breathe into your belly and think of your 3 things. The next day think of another 1-3 and do this for 1 week, adding an additional 1-3 things each day. When you think of each item of gratitude, allow that feeling of thanks and abundance to overcome you and sink within your body.
It may seem a little strange at first, however I guarantee that the more you practice this, the more you can ‘feel’ it through your body. Enjoy ♥
And keep going lovely. Make this a daily practice where you give back to yourself everyday before your busy day starts.
To your peace and happiness x
I’d love to hear how you go with this. Please share what you’re grateful for below…..