As you all know, 2020 has been a bumpy ride! With people spending time in lockdown for months all around the world, this pandemic hasn’t had the same impact on everybody’s mind. I had my ups and downs, but something helped me a lot: practicing gratitude. Let’s be honest, I have a tendency to complain easily and the beginning of lockdown brought a lot of negativity for me. I was pessimistic and uncertain about how things will unfold. However, once I started to practice gratitude daily, I realized that I had a lot to be thankful for! If you are willing to try, practicing gratitude during difficult times will likely have a huge positive impact on your mind and happiness.
So, when Cara had the idea behind this post and asked Rachel, Leslie, Angele, Robyn, and myself what was our favourite way to practice gratitude and the things we’ve been grateful for this year, I couldn’t wait to share it!
My favourite gratitude habit
I have created a “gratitude jar”. It is super simple: every day, write down on a slip of paper three things you’ve been grateful for. It could be going for lunch with a friend, or something more meaningful like the love of your family. Make it as small or big as you wish! Watching the jar grow, you’ll realize that there are tons of things to be grateful for in your life. The best part? On days when you are feeling down, pick a few pieces of paper to read out, which will provide you a quick dose of happiness!
The reasons for being grateful during difficult times
As I said, practicing gratitude will uplift your mood and make you enjoy the little things more. Also, gratitude will help you deal with your negative emotions and cope with difficult times. There are a lot of different ways to practice it, and once you’ll become aware of the effect on your mind, it will become a habit. So, let’s see what the other girls are grateful for this year, and their own ways to practice gratitude!
– Having more time with your loved ones
” The spread of Covid-19 has impacted us all from mild inconvenience to full-blown catastrophe and everything in between. It. Is. Serious. But, let’s not forget that our mental health is at stake here. It’s vital to avoid negativity!! There was a moment when people started to recognize the amazing gift that life was giving us but it was fleeting. By this, I mean the gift of family time. With a two year old at home, these moments are precious. I will always be thankful for the five months I got to spend with her that otherwise wouldn’t have been possible. Was I scared? Yes. Did I cry a lot between March and May especially? Yes. But I won’t—I refuse—to let that take away from the memories I made with my daughter. “
Cara Johannessen | www.livinglifeseasonably.com
– Being able to slow down
“We have had one heck of a year! With it ending, I’m reminded of everything we have been through as humans. While this year was one filled with uncertainties, I’m thankful that we were able to just slow down. If you’re like me, you don’t know when to stop working! I’m grateful for the leisure time that quarantine gave me. Looking back, I’m thankful for that pause in life. In 2021, I’m hopeful that we’ve evolved as people to value taking a break once in a while. I know I sure do!”
Angele from Peace Out Negativity | www.peaceoutnegativity.com
– Being grateful for God
“I am so grateful for God, especially this year! I am sure that I am not alone when I say that I was caught off guard by the pandemic and the resulting quarantine. As hard as this year has been, I am grateful that I have gotten to experience God’s provision. Everything that I needed was in place about a week before we were ordered into lockdown, so when it happened, I was relieved to find that I lacked nothing. It was a peaceful and reassuring feeling knowing that God knew what was coming and had made provisions for me.”
Above Rubies or Pearls | www.aboverubiesorpearls.com
Great ways to practice gratitude during difficult times
– Write down what you are thankful for
“A few months ago, in the middle of the pandemic, I was feeling really down about how much life had changed, especially as someone who loves to go out and explore new places. I knew that this wasn’t productive or good for me so I started to write down five things each night that I’m thankful for (thanks to the recommendation from my boyfriend). In the beginning, I definitely had some trouble finding the good in each day. Now, three months in, I find it ten times easier to think of things I’m grateful for. Each day has so many amazing moments and all it took was a small change of perspective to really bring them to light.”
Lively by Rachel | www.Livelybyrachel.com
– Write a gratitude journal
“Practicing gratitude regularly can actually make you happier (Harvard Health). I like to practice gratitude by writing daily in my gratitude journal. If you don’t have a gratitude journal, you can just use a simple notebook. I like to write one thing I am especially thankful for each day, and sometimes I even draw a picture to go along with it. It really helps to focus my mindset on the positive, rather than the negative. There really is so much to be thankful for. You can read my recent post on my 30-Day Gratitude Challenge here and also grab your free gratitude challenge printable while you’re at it!”
Leslie W. Blog | www.lesliewblog.com
As you can see, everybody has had different reasons to be grateful for and I think we should all reflect on that. Rough days happen, but when you think that everything is going wrong, maybe think again. You’re are probably far better than a lot of people on this planet. Of course, everyone has their worries! However, practicing gratitude during difficult times will make you remember that what you take for granted is actually something you should be grateful for.
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