“Gratitude is more than just saying thank you. It is a sense of wonder, appreciation, and thankfulness for life.”
As we approach Thanksgiving, be encouraged to consider this wellness challenge: Put more effort toward sincere gratefulness throughout the month and focus less attention on seasonal stressors, busyness, and unnecessary drama.
Unnecessary drama . . .wait . . . does this mean I do not need to invite [Nicole] to the family party? Could I skip preparing the traditional foods and make something more simple? Perhaps. You decide what works best for you and yours. However, if not inviting a particular person or skipping a particular dish are not realistic, maybe modifying your perspective could be beneficial. How could you view the circumstances in a different way?
- Does [Nicole] offer humor to the gala or encourage everyone to be physically active after the big meal?
- In what ways could you simplify preparations while continuing with traditions?
- Do the seasonal stressors offer you the opportunity to visit with some people or places you have not seen in a while?
- How can the ‘busyness’ be managed in a way that includes some of your favorite self-care activities?
Breathe, be aware of the good, and smile.
- Mayo Clinic's Dr. Amit Sood Talks about Stress and Resiliency: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JzZXhVzpaxg
- A non-cheesy guide to gratefulness: What to read and watch http://blog.ted.com/2013/11/27/a-non-cheesy-guide-to-gratefulness-what-to-read-and-watch/
- A Meditation for Finding Gratitude within Your Heart https://yogainternational.com/theme/gratitude