The holiday season can feel like two months of torture: family gatherings, gladiator-like shopping battles, impossible cooking feats and people losing their minds over stupid stuff like coffee cup designs. It’s easy to get swept away in all the crazy.
Help keep your sanity this holiday season by keeping a gratitude journal. A two-pronged calm attack, taking just five minutes a day to sit, breathe and write mindfully is a relaxing action to take. Writing down what you’re grateful for, has been shown to have health benefits all on its own.
If you’re having trouble finding things to be grateful for (totally natural if you’re in pain and up to your eyebrows in hospital bills), start with small things. My favorites include the fall season (esp. after my new apartment felt like an oven all summer), when I catch a bus or train on time and get a seat, and getting good chocolate on sale. No, it doesn’t have to be something deep or profound. And if you still have trouble thinking of even little things to be grateful for, take that as a sign that you need to squeeze in more time for yourself, to relax and recharge.
And with that, I’d also like to add that I’m grateful for all my readers and supporters.