Do you know that by understanding how to practice gratitude, and doing so ideally on a daily basis, can have a significant impact on your emotional wellbeing?

How can we look forward to every day?

How can we feel like we are in control, even if it is just a little bit?

By having Gratitude.

If you invite gratitude in more and more, then, as if by magic your life starts to feel better, and is better…

To find out more about how to practice gratitude watch the video below, or scroll further down, to read about it instead.

How To Practice Gratitude – Video Transcript

By practising gratitude, it is a way that we can we look forward to every day, how can we feel like we are in control, even it is just a little bit, it’s a lovely antidote to being grumpy.

I can hear you groaning, because you have heard this so many times before, so…. if you start small and then invite gratitude in more and more, it is as if by magic that life starts to feel better, and is better.

So, when we find ourselves in a stream of negative thoughts, that keep going round and round in our heads, something like:

“I don’t like my job” or

“I can’t look at myself in the mirror, because my body doesn’t look exactly like that super model” or

“My life just isn’t what I want it to be.”

or “I will only be happy when X happens”

As these thoughts go round and round in our heads our bodies tense and overall enjoyment of the day takes a dive. Research shows that obsessive thinking and rumination are associated with binge-eating, anxiety, depression, lack of self-esteem, and greater irritability and restlessness.

And obsessing about the past or the future can lead to feeling disempowered and frustrated.  All we have is the present moment, thats what we have control over.

So this is good news because research has found that by training the mind to be here in the present moment, we can reduce anxiety, depression, enhance our focus and attention and also reduce binge eating.

When we are present and tuned into our inner wisdom, we have the greatest ability to tap into our potential. When we get stuck in the negative, our focus gets stuck there, too.

Here are a few suggestions to get out of negative thinking:

Label your thoughts

This labelling of thoughts, is a moment of being mindfully present.

You are able to see that you have been lost in a negative thought and can acknowledge it by labelling your experience, and as soon as you label it, the sting seems to go out of it, and it feels a lot easier to let it go, or put some distance between you and ‘it’, so you are not so caught up in it.

You can also swat it away

Maybe think of negative thoughts as annoying flies buzzing around you,…and just when you think they are gone, they come back. Use your imagination to swat them away.

You can simply say to yourself:

Not now, Stop, Be Here

Take a mindful walk in nature

One of the best things we can do when our minds are worked up is to get out of our heads and into our bodies, in other words, our senses.

Finding balance in our bodies, via our senses,  by going for a walk where you can take in every bit of what nature offers, is sooooo nurturing. The colours, the patterns, the sounds, the smells, are just what we need, as often as possible.

Sing a happy song

This next one makes me laugh at myself because I can’t keep a tune, but that doesn’t matter, what does matter, is how good it is for your wellbeing, to hum, or sing, as it activates your vagus nerve, just sing something upbeat, and positive.

I am not going into the science of it, please just believe me, it is really good for you.

Use a positive statement to counteract your negative one

To go back to those negative thoughts, if you are thinking “I am not enough,” in any way shape or form, change your words, and your attitude and feed your brain with the opposite of that thought.

For example:

“My life is blessed no matter what happens.”

Whatever positive words resonate with you, are the words you can use.

Take in your good worth

Generally speaking when our minds are stuck in negativity, more often than not it is directed toward ourselves. So instead, be brave, and see your worth as a human being. In this crazy world we live in, we all are unique and have something to offer each other.

Know that you are doing the best that you can, and be compassionate towards yourself.

So those are my suggestion for getting out of negative thoughts.

Remember our thoughts have a huge impact on our actions and thus our habits. Be mindful of your thoughts and only feed the ones that serve you well.

So thats it, short and sweet, some lovely tips to encourage some gratitude into your life.

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