03 Nov November: Practicing Thankfulness
For many, November marks the time of year that feels chaotic with increased responsibilities, travel, and stress…. resulting in fatigue and feelings of overwhelm. If you find yourself in this situation, there’s one big “secret” to staying grounded (and joyful!) during this season.
Giving thanks allows you to tune into your life, and celebrate all the blessings in it. It doesn’t take a lot of time, but it does take effort and consistency. One place you can begin is to be present in your daily life, and see the good in all things. Especially during times of chaos when feeling overwhelmed, you can change your mindset and movement in life and enter into a place of calm and grace. By being present with the chaos, you can pause, breathe it all in, acknowledge that it’s there, and give thanks for the blessings.
After acknowledging all this, you prioritize, create your task list, delegate if necessary and know in the end that it’ll all work out. Life is not consistently in balance and never will be. It’s most important to feel fulfilled and function in a manner that serves you; when you work from this place, life feels good and things seem a bit easier to handle.
Even in times of stress, hardship and chaos, it is much healthier to come at life from a place of calm, grace and gratitude than feeling and functioning like a complete spaz. Here are a few steps to follow so your Thanksgiving holiday may be filled with calm, grace and gratitude:
- Enter each morning by giving thanks for 5 things in your life.
- Challenge yourself to find 10 “gifts” in your day. These “gifts” are things that may otherwise go unseen if you weren’t paying attention. The yummy flavors in the salad you packed for lunch, the smile of a co-worker, your child’s laughter, even the pile of dishes waiting for you in the sink. Yes, those dirty dishes…how grateful you are to have been able to eat a home-cooked meal in your warm home. There is good in all things.
- When feeling stressed, take a moment to pause, breathe, speak words of gratitude for the situation and connect with what it’s teaching you. Speaking words of gratitude means you acknowledge the situation. For instance, if you wake up with a massive headache you can acknowledge it by saying, “Thank you body, I hear you speaking to me and I’ll do well to care for you today.” As a result of the headache, you may increase hydration or even take a supplement to help it out, but the acknowledgement of the situation will allow you to move forward with your day in a positive way and not dwell on it anymore. Your mindset and movement in life will be positive.
- Close the day by writing down 10 things you’re grateful for in your gratitude journal. You’ll fall asleep feeling incredibly blessed and wake in a positive state.
Giving thanks and living a life of gratitude doesn’t mean everything is going to go your way, it means that you’ll be able to be present, connect with the good in all things, and in turn experience greater love, joy and fulfillment in life. These being some of the best gifts you could grant yourself.
May you feel joy, love and be incredibly fulfilled as you enter into the start of this holiday season.