A couple of months ago, I was feeling stuck. I was in a funk and didn’t know how to get out. I was living every day on repeat, wake up with my baby and we would eat, nap, play repeat. I was happy but I wasn’t happy. It’s a hard thing to describe but I didn’t feel like I was living my best life, or being my best self. I was constantly on edge and very snippy and short with my husband and my baby. This type of behavior didn’t make anyone feel good. But I didn’t know how to change. I didn’t know where to start.
Well one day I had enough. I was sick of feeling how I was feeling, sick of crying alone in the bathroom, sick of being in a funk. I decided to change the things I knew I could change. But what could I change? Where did I start? I decided to start with something that I liked but could definitely live without. TV! Instead of watching TV I decided to read a book and listen to podcasts. The first podcast I listened to was “Awesome With Alison“. In Episode 23 and 24 she talks about a gratitude practice. Let me tell you, it was LIFE. FREAKING. CHANGING. It’s what kicked me in the pants and said “YES, YOU CAN DO THIS! GET OFF YOUR BUTT AND GET GOING!” To summarize she talks about the benefits of leading a grateful life and how to do a gratitude practice. From day one my life was changed. I started to feel empowered instead of feeling stuck. I was enjoying my time with my family more and I was planning what I wanted to do with my life. Implementing a gratitude practice ( I will talk more about what I do in the next blog post!) has changed my life. And I think it will change yours too. So here are 5 reasons you need to have a daily gratitude practice:
1. YOU WILL BE IN CONTROL
You have the choice to feel gratitude. Only you can change your current situation. You have the choice to see beauty all around you. When you start to recognize that and verbalize or write what you are grateful for, you will see how much life has to offer. You will see that your life is beautiful and worth improving.
2. YOU WILL FOCUS ON WHAT YOU HAVE, NOT WHAT YOU ARE LACKING.
When you manifest what you are thankful for out loud you acknowledge what you have and realize that can be enough. You don’t always have to have more. Allowing your self to feel abundant will lead you to see abundance everywhere!
3. YOU WILL SEE MENTAL AND PHYSICAL HEALTH BENEFITS
Studies have shown that people who implement a daily gratitude practice in their lives have less stress and become more physically active. I can tell you for a fact this is true. I have been less stressed since I have started saying what I am thankful for. It helps realize that there are way more things to be happier about than to be stressed about. Physical activity whether it be walking or running or working out at the gym helps me get my grateful juices flowing.
4. YOU WILL BE HAPPIER
Ask my husband! Ask my family! Ask my friends! My spirits have been higher, I am more hopeful, I am less stressed. I feel like I am myself again and I can enjoy my time with my husband and baby. Brene Brown said ” I don’t have to chase extraordinary moments to find gratitude- its right in front of me if I’m paying attention and practicing gratitude”. The image of perfection is so prevalent these days. I see it most on social media and it was so hard for me to compare my life to these seemingly perfect mothers, with beautiful houses and perfect bodies. But the thing is, no one is perfect! (duh!!). And by practicing gratitude I am able to come to love my life, my body, my house. I feel happy because I am truly grateful for what I have.
5. YOU BECOME OPEN TO CHANGE, OPEN TO AN ENDLESS AMOUNT OF POSSIBILITIES.
As soon as I began to practice gratitude, things seemed brighter. I suddenly wasn’t stuck in a dark pit of despair like I thought. I had (have!) so many options. It allowed me to follow a dream that I didn’t even realize was a dream at the time. Gratitude allows you to open your mind up to your potential (which is mighty!), instead of focusing on everything you are bad at or seemingly can’t do.
See my next blog post for an example of my gratitude practice.