Monday Mojo for Caregivers – 5 Exercises to Feel Gratitude
Hello and welcome to our Monday Mojo. “Gratitude, like faith, is a muscle. The more you use it, the stronger it grows, and the more power you have to use it on your behalf. If you do not practice gratefulness, its benefaction will go unnoticed, and your capacity to draw on its gifts will be diminished. To be grateful is to find blessings in everything. This is the most powerful attitude to adopt, for there are blessings in everything.” said Alan Cohen.
As a caregiver, it may be very difficult to find the blessings in caring for a loved one. We tend to focus on all the negative aspects of caregiving instead of trying to find something to be grateful for.
Here are some ideas to help you feel more gratitude in your life!
1. Celebrate the Little Things
You can use your 5 senses to be grateful for anything. For example, enjoy the smell of your favorite candle. Notice the fine details in artwork. Listen to the sound of the ocean. Or be delighted by the taste of chocolate.
2. Write a Thank You Letter
Saying “thank you” is the most obvious way to express gratitude. Write a thank you note whether you intend on sending it or not. The simple act of writing the letter will help you reflect on feelings of appreciation and gratitude.
3. Snap Photos on Your Camera
We take pictures of things we want to remember. I bet of you look through your cell phone’s picture gallery, you’ll find people and things that you’re grateful for. Take photos of things that make you happy like a beautiful landscape, a celebration, a friend or loved one.
4. Give Someone a Gift
Right now, think of someone you love. Now, what would make them happy? A card, some chocolate, a night out. Seeing our friends and family enjoy something we have given them reminds us to be thankful for the relationships we share.
5. Create a Gratitude Journal
Every night before bed, write down 5 things that were good about your day. The good things don’t have to be major – they might be as simple as a good meal, talking to a friend, or getting through something difficult. After a while, you’ll notice your pages of little accomplishments and that will bring you great joy and gratitude.
Marelisa Fabrega once said, “Gratitude should not be just a reaction to getting what you want, but an all-the-time gratitude, the kind where you notice the little things and where you constantly look for the good, even in unpleasant situations. Start bringing gratitude to your experiences, instead of waiting for a positive experience in order to feel grateful.”
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