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It’s that time of the year again when things seem to get a little bit… chaotic. But we’re here this week to slow things down and check-in with you. How are you doing? What’s been going on for you lately? Sometimes it can feel as though we haven’t checked in with ourselves in a long time. And then, all of a sudden, a month goes by! So take a moment to see how you’re doing. This week in our mental health check-in, we’re talking all about gratitude. It’s something that has become more and more popular recently and for a good reason. It seems practicing gratitude can have a huge impact on your mental health.
Let’s take a closer look…
What is gratitude?
Simple! Gratitude is being grateful for things in your life. It means taking a moment of the day to think about what is going well and take stock of the positives. Too often, it can feel as though everything is going wrong, and we are stuck in a chaotic mess! But if we take a moment to look around, there are always things to be grateful for. I know what you’re thinking. Woah! Switch Research! I thought you were all about science? Isn’t this a bit… woo for you? Don’t worry. We are all about science...
What the science says
Gratitude can have a positive impact on
our mental wellbeing in a whole host of areas. Studies have shown it could help improve Your amount of optimism Your relationships and satisfaction with them Your mental health Your immune system Other researchers believe that it can help improve your social bond and even make you more physically healthy! This physical effect could be because people who practice gratitude have less stress-related symptoms, like aching muscles, appetite issues, and headaches. It may also be the key to a better night’s sleep.
So how do we do it?
If you’re ready to get that zest for life back then use these tips to start living a more grateful life. Make it a habit Try writing down three things every morni
ng that you’re grateful for. It could be a good morning coffee or the love and support of your family. Share the gratitude Begin to recognize things you’re grateful for in the day and make them known. If someone is involved, thank them genuinely and let them know just how grateful you are. Incorporate gratitude elsewhere If you’re already working on mindfulness, build gratitude into that. Consider what you’re grateful for during a short meditation or yoga session. Combine with self-love You know how much we value self-love at Switch! That’s why gratitude is such an essential part of our Self-Love Journals. Give it a try and see how gratitude and self-kindness go hand in hand. Write a letter You don’t have to send it! But the act of writing a thank you letter can be a great way to get started. Whether it’s a thank you letter to someone specific, or simply to the universe, get writing, and the ideas will flow. Start comparing It’s always too easy to compare ourselves to those who have more than us, or are more successful. Instead, start comparing yourself to the less fortunate. How grateful are you for having that which others don’t? Pay it back If you’re beginning to notice how lucky you are and how grateful you are, consider what you can do to bring positivity into other people’s lives. How can you make an impact so others can be grateful for similar things?
Remember… Practicing gratitude is an ongoing process. Try to build it into your routine so you can regularly reflect on the positive things in life. Share your thanks, celebrate the small things, and stay grateful for the little pleasures! See you next week for another mindful check-in!
P.S. Here at Switch, we are grateful for YOU! Thanks so much for your support and for building the Switch community with us. Email us back to let us know what you’re grateful for!
Our Links: https://switchresearch.org/products/self-love https://psychcentral.com/blog/9-ways-to-promote-gratitude-in-your-life#1 https://www.nationwidechildrens.org/family-resources-education/700childrens/2020/05/gratitude https://headspace.org.au/blog/the-impact-of-gratitude-on-your-mental-health-and-wellbeing/ https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/comfort-gratitude/202006/the-positive-impact-gratitude-mental-health https://www.healthline.com/health/benefits-of-gratitude-practice#benefits https://psychcentral.com/blog/how-gratitude-and-mindfulness-go-hand-in-hand#gratitude