How To Be Grateful Everyday
As an adult or a parent, we can sometimes forget how to be grateful every day for what we have. We may even scold our loved ones or children for not appreciating what they have.
However, if you start with your own thought processes and begin to look for the positives instead of the negatives this can actually help to change your mindset and outlook on everything.
It will also make you feel more grateful for what you have in your life. If not it can make you reflect and evaluate what you may wish to change within your family, work, lifestyle or spiritually.
By being more mindful and putting gratitude to the forefront of your thinking you will actually encourage youself to be more positive in your outlook.
Also if you start your day in this way you will more than likely retrain your brain to think more positively and increase your feelings of gratitude and positivity.
The best ways to start this is to list 5 things each morning or evening that you are grateful for. It may be something simple such as water, heating and food. It may be your family, friends or someone special in your life. Or it could be more material things such as your house, car or holidays and things you have. Whatever you choose hopefully you will be able to list at least 5 things every day.
Getting Enough Sleep.
Ensuring you have a good nights sleep or sufficient rest is very important for your overall health and well being.
The amount you sleep will directly impact how you function daily. Your lack of sleep can increase health issues such as depression, anxiety, overeating and a general unhappy mood. Which is not good for your health and well being.
Below you will find information from a study by The Sleep Foundation. You will find listed below each age group and the amount of sleep that is required to ensure good health.
- Newborns (0-3 months): Sleep range narrowed to 14-17 hours each day (previously it was 12-18)
- Infants (4-11 months): Sleep range widened two hours to 12-15 hours (previously it was 14-15)
- Toddlers (1-2 years): Sleep range widened by one hour to 11-14 hours (previously it was 12-14)
- Preschoolers (3-5): Sleep range widened by one hour to 10-13 hours (previously it was 11-13)
- School age children (6-13): Sleep range widened by one hour to 9-11 hours (previously it was 10-11)
- Teenagers (14-17): Sleep range widened by one hour to 8-10 hours (previously it was 8.5-9.5)
- Younger adults (18-25): Sleep range is 7-9 hours (new age category)
- Adults (26-64): Sleep range did not change and remains 7-9 hours
- Older adults (65+): Sleep range is 7-8 hours (new age category) see more at the following link
You should also consider the space where you sleep. Is it comfortable and clean, Is your room temperature right? Do you turn off electronics before bedtime? Do you have an evening routine? Are you drinking too much caffeine or alcohol? These are all things to evaluate to help ensure you get a goods nights rest.
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The healthier you eat will have a direct impact on your health in a positive way. By looking after your body and mind you will increase your feeling of energy and gratitude.
Reducing your intake of junk food, processed sugars and refined carbohydrates will all help in this process.
Deep-fried foods, processed foods and trans fats, need to be avoided in your diet as much as possible. By improving your diet to eat more whole foods and good or natural fats you will remain fuller for longer. Also, you will increase your bodies overall health and mental well being.
Junk food as the name would suggest is not good for us. You should try to limit the amount that you consume. Sugars are very addictive and can increase your symptoms if you suffer from ailments such as anxiety and depression. This is because you will increase your sugar highs and also your sugar lows. Reducing sugar intake or cutting out sugar completely can have great health benefits to you and your whole family.
Ensuring that you can exercise will also help you have a grateful mindset. As we saw in most recent events the benefits of taking daily exercise for our overall health is very important. It has a great impact on how we feel both mentally and physically.
Direct links have been made between being outside in nature and our mood. You can walk, jog, cycle and do various other activities to aid emotions such as stress, anxiety and depression. Gardening has been proven to reduce stress and increase a positive mood as well as the natural environment.
If you are limited to the amount of time that you can go outside for exercise then some of the activities can be done at home.
Caring for house plants or making a space for plants within the house can benefit your mood and provide an activity to do. They can also make your space look more inviting and some plants can even have added health benefits too.
Writing down your thoughts can be very therapeutic for you. Whilst it can help you to express your feelings or emotions. It can also allow you to set goals or write down things that you are grateful for every day.
Journaling is a way of expressing your thoughts and feelings. It is a great exercise to do to help you examine and process what is happening in your life. It can also help you to access how you deal with different seasons. Also, it can help to highlight good or bad points and encourage you to change your mindset on certain things.
From your journal you can also pick out things that you would like to achieve in the future. From hobbies you would like to start to losing weight or saving to buy a dream holiday or car.
Achieving goals is more likely to happen if you write them down. What are your goals? List them or create a vision board with all your ideas documented. Visually this will motivate and encourage you with your goals and keep you focused on what is important to you.
You can also check them off as you achieve different goals and give yourself small rewards to help maintain focus.
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Meditation Or Prayer
For me, this is my go-to thing when I am stressed, anxious, worried or unhappy. However, I also use it in times of appreciation, joy, love and gratitude.
This may not be everyone’s cup of tea but I would urge anyone to just give it ago. I only became a Christian about 5 years ago and I had tried many things to help all the emotions that I was battling with. I found that this is one of the biggest comforts that help me on my journey and helping me be grateful every day.
Phone A Friend
I find that talking to friends and loved ones, in general, is a big help but even more so when times are difficult or if they are far away. Keeping up to date and sharing your day, week or month with them really can lift their mood as much as it lifts your own.
With all the means available to us today to stay in touch via social media as well as email and post there really is no excuse to not have a good old chat one way or another.
Friends and family have a way of lifting your spirits. They want to share your moments of joy and your achievements but also they want to help in times of need.
We are naturally creatures who need social interaction to keep us well balanced. Each of us have a basic need to be loved and feel loved.
Skin hunger is a new concept to me but in these current times, I understand it more than I thought. I love hugs from my husband, children, family and friends. It’s a big part of how I express myself with others by showing them, my love.
When you are limited it can affect how you feel. So you should be mindful to ensure that you pay attention to your emotional needs as much as your physical needs. In a study from psychology today they note the following :
Just as lack of food, water, and rest have their detrimental effects, so too does the lack of affection. In a recent study of 509 adults, I examined the construct of skin hunger—and the social, relational, and health deficits with which it is associated. The results were consistent and striking. People with high levels of skin hunger are disadvantaged in multiple ways, compared to those with moderate or low levels. Specifically, compared to people with less skin hunger, people who feel more affection-deprived: are less happy; more lonely;Psychology Today
The Last Thing You Should Know About How To Be Grateful Everyday
You should just practice the art of being grateful for one month and see if you feel any different at the end. Has your mindset changed, Do you value things more and if so what things. Is it material items or more people and basic needs that you place value in.
For me, I have to say that I definitely place the post value in the people and basic things around me more. Whilst I love beautiful things such a house, car and furniture. I can forgo all of that for other more important things. My family make me smile they bring me joy, They are my greatest achievement and my biggest treasure.
Sometimes the simplest things are the sweetest and the most valuable.
I would love to know what 5 things are you are grateful for if you would like to share them in the comments below.