One of the tools that can help you to deal with stress as a caregiver is incorporating gratitude. But so often that can feel like an intimidating, complicated process. And making long lists everyday of things you’re grateful for might start to feel performative after a few attempts. There might be another way to embrace gratitude in your life.
Look for Positive News Stories
It isn’t easy, but there are positive news stories out there. There are even websites devoted to collecting positive news and sharing it with the world. When you’re feeling as if embracing gratitude is a little more difficult, seek out some positive news and think about how the stories you find feel to you. Focusing on the positive can help you to find more gratitude.
Take a Negative Thought and Turn it Around
When you do find yourself experiencing negative thoughts, start a new habit in relation to them. As soon as you notice the negative thought, turn it around into a positive one. That’s difficult at first, because you’re not used to doing it. But as you practice, it gets easier and you start to notice that your perspective shifts a bit.
Stop and Notice Things Around You
Mindfulness is all about being present in the here and now. It can help you to find things in your life to be more grateful about if you let it. Start making it a habit to notice some of the details going on around you. Even in your life as a caregiver there are plenty of situations that are worthy of your attention, even though they’re tiny details.
Journaling is an easy way to start making and noticing changes in your mindset, particularly around gratitude. You don’t have to specifically keep a gratitude journal, especially if you find that to be intimidating. As you journal, don’t censor yourself. Write about whatever is going on and how you’re feeling. Later, maybe on a weekly basis, go back and look at your entries. When you’re incorporating other techniques, you can really start to see them work in your journaling.
Use Other Peoples’ Words for Inspiration
If you’re still finding it difficult to embrace gratitude and to use it to your advantage, start seeing what other people have to say about gratitude. Collect quotes and articles that can help you to see gratitude and positivity from the perspective of other people. As you start to find your own definition, the whole thing might click.
There’s an awful lot that can go into your gratitude practice. It doesn’t have to be something that conforms to other peoples’ ideas of what gratitude should be. Find the practice that works best for you and you’ll experience the benefits.
Excerpt: Gratitude can be an intimidating practice if you allow it to be.
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