During times when everything seems to keep moving faster, taking time to slow down for gratitude can help us cope better.
For months, we've all been dealing with the challenges of the pandemic, worry about the health of our loved ones and ourselves, and uncertain financial situations. With busy schedules, turning our attention to what we appreciate and are grateful for in life can be something that's easy to forget about, but putting a little more focus on gratitude can help us feel better and be more effective in what we need to do every day.
Gratitude does not have to be complicated. Recognize simple things you appreciate in your life. For example, I recognized that I'm grateful for having enough food, for warm summer weather, good health, the beach, and even flowers where I live. What about you? Here are some other ways to practice gratitude
Every morning, take a few moments to identify at least one thing you are grateful for.
Once a week, write a list of ten things you are grateful for in your life.
Work with a friend or family member to write an A - Z list of things you're both grateful for. (What did you come up with for letter X?)
Share your gratitude by telling a friend something you appreciate about them.
- Jim Gorham, Clinical Supervisor
Jim Gorham provides oversight to the GBS Maine Case Management department. He has more than 15 years working at mental health organizations with people from diverse backgrounds. Jim is licensed in Maine as mental health counselor (LCPC), and holds national counseling certification.