The focus of November and the Thanksgiving holiday is gratitude. Gratitude can also play an essential role in your recovery and can ultimately help you stay strong when faced with challenges.
The Benefits of Practicing Gratitude
Taking time to practice gratitude can help you recognize all of the blessings in your life. When you slow down and think about all you have, it helps your brain not focus on the negatives. In recovery, it’s especially important to remember all the people who love you, be appreciative of good or improving health, and other positives in life.
Ways to Practice Gratitude
Life is fast-paced, and it can be hard to find the time to sit down and actively practice gratitude. However, it is something that you should prioritize in your recovery, especially at this time of year.
Keep a journal: This is one of the best ways to practice gratitude. Every morning or night, list things you are grateful for. Or, once a week, write a longer entry in which you can dive deeper into all of the aspects of life that you are grateful for. In any case, sitting and writing out these thoughts of gratitude is beneficial, and you can go back and re-read whenever you find yourself struggling.
Gratitude decor: You may write gratitude quotes on sticky notes and leave them around your living space, or purchase some new home decor with uplifting quotes.
Stop and smell the roses: It sounds cliche, but it is truly important to focus on the little joys of life. Comfortable clothes, a nice weather day, and more subtleties can bring greater happiness or contentment when you actively appreciate them.
Express your gratitude: Are there people in your life whom you feel especially grateful for and who have helped you more than they may know? Actively express to them the positive influence they have on you.
Find the positive: Practicing gratitude doesn’t mean you’ll never have a negative thought. It means that you look for positives in the negative.
‘Tis the Season of Gratitude
Our team at Grace Land Recovery encourages you to practice gratitude this holiday season and beyond. While you may run into obstacles, it’s important to remember everything you are thankful for as you progress in your recovery.
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