Hey there, how are you today?
I don’t know how today is specifically going for you,
but I know life is a road with bumps all along the way.
Funny things is some people anticipate and dread those bumps,
while others “roll with it” and even enjoy riding over them with their bicycle.
It’s all a question of perception, perspective, and expectation of
what life is like.
Of course right now anxiety is something that gets in your way,
yet you can start shifting how you feel about things and event by the
way you expect life to be.
If you think and expect life to go as planned and never encounter anything on the road, then
of course anything that seems to “veer you off course” is not taken so well.
But if your vision and expectations of life is that it’s a journey not in a straight line
but in a zig zag of an adventure, then your reaction and state of mind is not as bad
when life throws you a curve ball…
…or a zig zag of an adventure as I prefer to see it : )
It’s like the boat metaphor:
A boat doesn’t go to its destination in a straight line.
Instead, It zig zag its way, always being slightly off course, and course correcting
to it’s intended destination.
A wonderful metaphor and way of seing life.
In any case one of the most powerful practice to recharge and replenish yourself,
and help you bounce back in the face of adversity is: the power of gratitude.
Yea you might have heard of it before, probably,
but are you using it?
Here at AnxietyRebels we’re not about long intellectual conversations that
make you feel good. We’re about results: implementing the simplest most
powerful real world practices that help you the most in lowering anxiety
and making you thrive.
And The power of gratitude is one such simple
but so powerful tool.
What is it?
Basically it’s spending a tiny amount of time pausing, and thinking about some of
the things and people you can be grateful for in your life.
When you really connect to something you are grateful for, something magical happens.
Your heart opens up, and any negative feelings drop significantly or completely.
An you don’t need to spend a lot of time to do it.
Here’s How to Apply the power of Gratitude anytime you feel you could
benefit from it’s love-generating negativity-crushing properties:
1- Take 5-20 minutes and write down all the things
you’re grateful for. These include people
you currently or previously spent time with that you’re
grateful for. Things you have in your life
that you could really be grateful for if you thought about them.
Moments and events you experienced in the past or that
you will soon experience.
Those are the things you can think about
whenver you do your minute of gratitude.
A few Examples to get your brain (and heart) going are:
- Think of friends/family members you really love and appreciate
- your pet that loves you unconditionally.
- Think about your health (vs that of those not so healthy)
- the house you have
- the job you have (not everyone is so fortunate) all the material things you may
own that other don’t, that you really enjoy.
- the education you got or are currently pursuing and how it’ll benefit you for a long time to come.
- Trips/traveling you enjoyed.
- a romantic night you had.
- a funny moment with someone where you laughed so much you cried and
your belly hurt
- something you’re really looking for to do that’s coming up
2- Anytime you feel really worried, down, stuck in a rut, needing
a boost in morale or courage, spend 10 seconds to a few minutes just really connecting
to what you’re grateful for. Connect with your heart.
3- Realize how you appreciate it and go back to your life, taking
this loving feeling with you!
Tip: For the music freaks like me, you may combine those grateful thoughts with a
song that touches you deeply, in your mind or playing it for real.
It really crank those feelings of gratitude and love for me. Maybe
it’ll do the same for you.
…speaking of which, today I spent a minute thinking about someone I really loved that
passed away last year. And focused on how grateful I am to have been touched by her love.
The following song accompanied it,
it’s called Back in the World.
How fitting of a song and title
for us anxiety sufferers.
Now play that song below, be grateful for
something and get back in the world!
Love you and Have a Blast!