Today – it’s been one of “those” days. You know, when you have one million things to do, so you take a nap instead? Yeah. I must have gotten into bed around midnight. I tossed and turned until about 5am. After that I slept on and off until 12.30pm. Got up. Ate. Andddd then I went back to sleep.
If I’m at all honest, I’ve just had one of those weeks.
I’m one of those people, who can give advice – great advice, all day every day – but when it comes to myself, logic and everything I know goes out the window.
I sometimes find myself scrolling through the internet, looking for things to share with you all – motivation, self-help, self-care quotes, mindfulness activities etc. I’m currently reminded of one I’ve seen quite a few times, and one I use when speaking to my patients who have had a bad day.
“Feel the feeling, and let it go”. Even just saying that in my head makes me feel better. (Why didn’t I think of that a few days ago…). Aht! Another one. “Leave the past in the past”. Oh! And another! “Don’t let yesterday effect too much of today”.
This brings me to what my article is actually about – gratitude.
When I was on one of my “let’s kick this depression in the ass” highs – I purchased a gratitude journal from Loving Loudly. The journal was created by Awesome.Inc, and it is absolutely amazing, beautiful…. just…. awesome, literally.
The journal is a hard-covered book. The cover, has large script in which it says “I am enough”. Through the large script, there is smaller script written over the page, reinforcing “smart enough, worthy enough, strong enough, confident enough, unique enough, precious enough”.
For all of you who have not participated in gratitude journaling before, the main rule/concept, is to record 3 things for which you are thankful for every day. 3 new things every…single…day.
For folks like us suffering with depression or likewise, that can be quite a difficult task – but believe it or not, the longer you stick at it, the easier it becomes.
The actual journal itself, continues to surprise you as you fill out its pages. On every page, you will find something. Whether it be a quote, personal challenge, ideas for acts of kindness or even a colouring page – we all know how important distractions are, and also how therapeutic art can be. If you don’t know – I will write a blog on it someday!
One of the best pages in this book is titled “66 reasons to be grateful” – the page you can go through for inspiration.
Some simple examples of things that we all forget to be grateful for sometimes include:
A bed to sleep in
A hot shower
Access to healthcare
The list goes on…
I highly suggest this purchase to all of my readers and followers. No – I am not getting commissioned or sponsorship by saying this. It is just something that I really enjoy. I find it helps me smile, and if I can pass that on or share it with you, then that’s all I could ask for.
This brings me to my last and final quote of the day.
“If you have nothing to be grateful for, check your pulse”.