How To Practice Gratitude During Hard Times

Hello, my friends! I hope you’re all doing well and staying healthy. A lot has happened in the last week (hence my lack of posts). I took some time off from work and realized I hadn’t had real time off since 2018! Of course, this extra time on my hands gave me the pause to reflect. The end of 2018 slash MOST of 2019 was very difficult. I lost my job and faced financial difficulties, and then I was diagnosed with endometriosis and anxiety. I had surgery for the endometriosis and had to learn to manage my anxiety. It seemed like everything that could go wrong did. It was incredibly hard to stay positive and sometimes, I just couldn’t. But I learned that falling into depression was not productive and I forced myself daily to be grateful for SOMETHING! So today I’m sharing how to practice gratitude during hard times.

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Keep a Gratitude Journal

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A gratitude journal is a little different from a regular “brain dump” journal. Every day, take 10 minutes in the morning and/or evening to list 2 or 3 things you’re grateful for. Even if its something simple like “I’m thankful for coffee”. Seriously, there have been many days where I felt like that was the only thing I was thankful for! Taking the time to focus your thoughts on positive things will help to improve your mood and set the tone for the day (or night)!

Phone A Friend (or Skype!)

Call up one of your besties and thank them for being there for you. Let them know how much you appreciate their friendship and support. If you’re able, send them a little gift like flowers or a fruit basket, “just because”.

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Visit An Elderly Relative

They’re not with us forever, so pay Mom/Dad or Grandma/Grandpa a visit and drop them off a special gift like glazed donut muffins. Even if you can only visit them through a window, they would LOVE to see you and it will make their day!

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Post-It Notes

Place notes around the house with your favorite uplifting quotes or gratitude reminders. This way, wherever you go in the house, you will be reminded of all the good around you.

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Gratitude At Dinnertime

When the family is sitting around the dinner table, take a moment to have everyone share one thing they’re grateful for. You may be surprised by the responses and it is a great way to be reminded of all the blessings around you.

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Share Gratitude on Social

Start each day with a post or tweet on your favorite social media platform that shares one thing you’re grateful for. If you’re feeling uninspired, find a quote that you love and a photo of a time that you did something that made you happy. You’ll start your day on a positive note and you never know, someone out there may have needed to see your post.

Spend a moment each day recognizing all the good in your life. Your mood will improve and you’ll be able to face whatever obstacles are in front of you. I just want to say that I’m grateful for each and every one of you who take the time to read my blog. THANK YOU!

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