21 Day Self-Care Challenge ~ Day 15
Have an Attitude of Gratitude
It’s the beginning of week 3 and the time is flying by. In week one, we focused on The Body. In week two, we focused on The Mind and now we take a look at The Spirit. So what is the spirit? The formal definition from the dictionary is that it is “the nonphysical part of a person that is the seat of emotions and character; the soul.” This week, we are going to challenge ourselves to look at some spiritual principles that you can add to your Spiritual Self-Care practice which are the activities and thought processes you can engage in to nurture your connection with “your” higher power (however you define it) and to add deeper meaning to your life.
There are days when I am tired and just feeling low and start having a pity party of one. Yesterday was one of those days when I let the stories I make up in my head (the ego) get the best of me. You know, those stories the ones that float around your head saying “I’m not young enough, pretty enough, slim enough. I don’t have enough money; I’ll never meet Mr. Right.” I’ll be honest the Mr. Right one was the story heavy on my mind yesterday.
Fortunately, I rarely have those moments because I know how to get rid of them quickly and I know they’re just not true.
My remedy for those moments is to go for a long walk and take in nature and the sunshine; yesterday it was a quick walk around the block, or I may do a quick workout. I ask myself if what I’m thinking is true. Usually, the answer is no. I allow myself to feel the sadness as I release the story in my head, sometimes I even cry. Crying is such a great release. Then, I pick a set time to be done with it. I may give myself 20 minutes or it could be an hour but when I’m done; I’m done. After that I play some fun music to change my energy and I take the time to either go over in my mind or write down what I am grateful for. Practicing gratitude grounds me. It reminds me how blessed I really am.
“Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend.”
Today’s Challenge – Take out your journal and write down all the things you can think of that you are grateful for. Make a plan for how you will end your next pity party when you are just feeling down. When you have a strategy, it’s so much easier to snap yourself out of it.