Sometimes it is helpful to shift focus to all those things that support us. It might be difficult for us to try and remain grateful when we may be constantly receiving bad news or are surrounded by negativity, when we are disturbed, and unhappy. We may wonder what is there to be grateful for when everything is just going downhill.
But when we take a pause to recognize and acknowledge things that keep us afloat, it can bring a smile to our face in our darkest times. Recalling the friend who checks in, the classmate who remembers our birthday, family that supports us, the colour of the sunset and sound of waves, the pet who gives unconditional love, can make life as meaningful as having a bed to sleep in, a job, a roof over our head in that moment.
In moments of self-doubt, when we think we cant go one, when we feel like giving up… pause. Notice the thoughts coming up and take a few deep long breaths. Ask yourself:
Practicing gratitude, especially towards self can in fact help us think and feel more positively by broadening the focus of our self-awareness and even increase our life-satisfaction. In allowing us to acknowledge the positive around us, it can enhance our self-esteem, thereby increasing our productivity and performance.