Published on: November 5, 2020
by Wellbeing Worker, Nadine May
During these troubling times, it can become increasingly easy to focus on the negatives of the situation; experiences we are missing out on, family members we are not able to see. This can lead our wellbeing taking a dip, making us feel unhappy and unfulfilled. The month of November is a time to put a stop to this and begin changing our perspective for a more positive outlook on life. This is because this month is National Gratitude Month which is a great time for us to focus on the good things we still have, the people we have supporting us and the achievements we have managed even in the face of adversity.
Gratitude is more than just saying ‘thank you’, it is recognising good thing, kindness and being appreciative of ourselves, others, and the world around us. With everything going on it is understandable that this may not come as easily as it used to, but that is the exact reason we must keep it up!
Research shows that by practicing gratitude regularly, we enhance our mood, decrease stress, build better connections with others, have better physical health and have greater overall wellbeing. I don’t know about you but these all sound like things we need right now.
So, every day this month take a moment to find something to be grateful for, this may be something big someone has done for us or something as small as having a nice bath or our favourite meal. If you find that you are struggling, we also have some resources below that will hopefully keep you on the right track.
What are you waiting for, give gratitude a try and notice the change for yourself!