It’s easy to get stressed out about the little things, and when you’re feeling anxious and overwhelmed, your mood is going to suffer. That’s why it’s important to practice gratitude, because you deserve to feel good. Plus, let’s be honest, it isn’t worth it to be upset over menial things. Nourri knows that you’ve got a thousand things to remember, so we’re going to make things simple for you. Here’s a list of ways that you can practice gratitude, that won’t be a burden to your everyday routine.
1. Appreciate Everything, Even the Trivial Things
It’s great to get excited over the small things! Did you find a quarter on the ground? Yay! You can be grateful for those twenty-five cents. It might seem silly, but you don’t have to wait until something substantial happens, to be grateful. Recognizing the little things in life, is a great way to make a habit of practicing gratitude.
2. Be Grateful for the Things that Challenge You
Hard things might be…hard…but they also make us stronger. Take a few moments to appreciate the character development that comes with adverse situations. We understand that it’s challenging to reframe difficult situations, but you’re growing even as you’re working through tough experiences. And that’s something to be grateful for.
3. Be Mindful
Practicing mindfulness is a simple way to be more grateful. On a daily basis, sit down and think about a few things that you’re grateful for. This task can rewire your brain, and within eight weeks, you’ll be happier and more empathetic. Routine makes things easier, so take a moment to be present and aware of the things that you’re grateful for.
4. Keep a Journal
This tip goes hand in hand with being mindful, because it’s helpful to get a journal and write down the things that you’re grateful for. Jot down the things you’re grateful for, and then you can always look back on them and reflect. It’s exciting to look back on this kind of thing, so your future self will thank you for keeping a gratitude journal!
Community makes us all feel better. You’re a part of Nourri’s community, but it doesn’t hurt to find multiple communities that you feel at home with. Plus, volunteering gives you a purpose, and it also makes you more cognizant of the things that you have to be grateful for.
6. Take Time to Express Yourself
Although it’s great to express what you’re grateful for, to yourself, it’s also great to express yourself, to others. This means, it’s good to call a friend and let them know what you’re grateful for. You don’t have to keep things bottled up inside. People care about you and want to hear about the things that make you happy. So, share what you’re grateful for, with your friends and family!
7. Do Something with the People You Love
We’ll be the first to admit it. It can be hard to be grateful, when things are challenging. If you’re feeling down, don’t be afraid to reach out to friends and family. Being present with the people that you love can help you remember the things that you’re grateful for—because chances are, you’re grateful for the people that you’re spending time with!
We’ve been over a lot, but let’s conclude with something simple: everyone has something to be grateful for. Nourri’s got your back, if you’re feeling down—and we totally understand that things can be difficult—but we want you to remember that practicing gratitude will make you feel better. Regardless of what’s going on in your life, take a moment to be grateful. You’ve been through a lot, and you’ll get through this, too! You can be grateful for that.