Many of you may be wondering, how in the world can we experience thanks, and gratitude with so much going on around us.
After all, people are dying…
People are still afraid to leave their homes…
And resent statistics show that as many as 22 million people have had to file for unemployment benefits to deal with the ongoing challenges of this pandemic.
To exacerbate this issue, if you’ve not been directly affected by coronavirus, it’s a large likelihood that you know someone who has, leaving you hypervigilant to experiencing all forms of emotional and psychological challenges that accommodate feelings of sadness related to loss or the potential for loss.
So how do you experience gratitude while in the mist of so much pain?
Suggestions are below.
- Focus on the positives: While the pandemic has brought many challenges, it has also brought some positive changes, such as increased time with family, opportunities for personal growth and reflection, and a renewed appreciation for simple pleasures. Focus on these positives and express gratitude for them.
- Keep a gratitude journal: Take a few minutes each day to write down things you are grateful for, such as good health, supportive friends and family, a comfortable home, or a job that allows you to work from home. This can help shift your focus from the negative aspects of the pandemic to the positives.
- Practice mindfulness: Take a few minutes each day to practice mindfulness, which involves focusing on the present moment without judgment. This can help you appreciate the small things in life, such as a beautiful sunset, a warm cup of tea, or the sound of birds chirping outside your window.
- Give back to others: Helping others can be a powerful way to experience gratitude, as it reminds us of our own blessings and the positive impact we can have on others. Consider volunteering your time or donating to a charity that is helping those affected by the pandemic.
- Connect with others: Even though we may not be able to gather in person, it is still important to connect with others and express gratitude for their presence in our lives. Reach out to friends and family members and let them know how much you appreciate them.
There are people who are reading this at various levels of health and if you are suffering right now, we wish you a speedy recovery. But, the fact that you are at least able to have access to this resource shows that there is some level of fight and resiliency in you and you’re making it through this thing. And the vast majority of us are reading resources.
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