Reconnecting with what matters and practising gratitude
For some of us we now have more time on our hands than we usually would, giving us more time to think about what we prioritise in our lives and a chance to reconnect with what we value most.
A great way to exercise what you appreciate most in life is by practising gratitude. Expressing your gratitude has many benefits including, boosting your overall wellbeing, creating better relationships, improving your sleep, enhancing physical health and raising your self-esteem.
Here’s three small activities to practice gratitude:
- List three things that you are grateful for
These can be things that you don’t usually think about in daily life and may take advantage of. For example, it could be, having access to clean water, having a roof over your head, being able to buy food, having friends and family or even a morning coffee. It’s the small things that make life so worth living.
- Connect with what uplifts you
Think about a certain memory, smell, song, taste or sensation that makes you feel good. Savour that moment for a few minutes and think about why it’s special to you.
- At the end of the day remember all the positives that happened
Before going to sleep, write down all the little things that happened in your day that you appreciated. It can be as mundane as your partner making you a cup of tea, watching your favourite TV series or reading a book. This will help to fill you with positivity before bed and overshadow any negativity in your life.
We hope these small exercises will help you to experience and savour every little thing in life so that next time you’re feeling stressed or overwhelmed, you remember what really matters to you.