One of the three pillars of Nutritional Beauty is belief. And all our coaches believe the practices of gratitude and appreciation are vitally important to being and feeling healthy and beautiful. Read on to explore some simple ways to introduce gratitude into your life.
Gratitude is a powerful force, with research demonstrating physical and psychological benefits, including a stronger immune system, better sleep patterns, increased stamina, enthusiasm, determination and focus. Most people who practice gratitude throughout their day have higher levels of positive emotion, are optimistic about their future and stronger during difficult times. Some people also discover that their social connections are closer, they are more compassionate, generous, helpful and are more resilient to loneliness while practising gratitude.
According to Deepak Chopra, “Gratitude is good for you; it creates a biochemical shift in the body. The brain responds to positive input and sends life-enhancing messages to every cell.”
With all these incredible benefits in mind here are some steps to begin your gratitude practice.
Before we get into them, your gratitude practice does not need to encroach into your already full day. In the beginning, it may take a little more time, some people struggle with seeing the good things around them. However, once you become rehearsed you will discover a shift where gratitude becomes your default thought most of the time, and you will feel inspired, happy, you will sleep better, your smile will be brighter, and you will see the beauty in you and around you.
Here are 4 simple steps to begin your gratitude practice
1. Keep a Gratitude Journal
Some-time during the day, preferably at the end of the day in a quiet moment before you turn off your light to sleep, write or draw at least three things you are grateful for. Anything from that you are grateful you have a flushing toilet to the smile your received from a stranger that day. Focus on experiences, adventures and connections. This will ensure no matter what you have or don’t have in relation to material wealth you can continue in a state of gratitude and appreciation. Search past big things to include little things, this practice will help a state of gratitude and appreciation become your natural state of being. You will notice over time that you begin to see the things you like in places you didn’t believe you could.
If you experience a block in your thoughts, ask yourself Who or what inspired me today? What made me laugh today? What is something I take for granted?
Stay inspired by not repeating the same things in your journal. Dig deeper, open your eyes and heart wider to see things that enhance your life and bring you joy.
Whatever time of the day you choose to journal, keep that as your regular time. This consistency will create an anchor where thoughts will come easily to you.
2. Write a letter of appreciation
This can be done in different ways. Choose someone who may have changed your day, had a profound impact on your life, shared a sad, or joyful moment with you. With this person in mind write words on a page that will never be seen, write a letter, card or email that will be sent. Be specific with your description, include the details of your gratitude and share how that experience made you feel.
While telling someone of your gratitude is wonderful, taking the time to write it down is like giving someone a piece of treasure. It is something that can be re-read and bring joy at any time for them. What a beautiful way to send ripples of love out into the universe.
3. Walk with your senses
Take a walk, anywhere you are, walk only where you feel safe. Walk for at least 20 minutes and pay attention to your senses. Pay attention to everything you are hearing, feeling, smelling and maybe tasting. Within these sensory moments find things to be grateful for. A gratitude walk is beneficial when you are feeling low, stressed or worried. The change of environment and ability to stay present in appreciation to your surroundings will shift your mood and open a flow of gratitude that will elevate your feelings to an abundant positive state.
4. Look to those around you
We all want to feel valued and appreciated, especially by those we love. This gratitude experience may be practiced toward anyone you love, your partner, children, parents, friends whomever you choose. Find ways to demonstrate your appreciation by acknowledging their actions in relation to ordinary matters. Take moments to imagine what their reality is like day to day. This can be hard in the beginning as we often choose to see the world only through our lenses. If you want deeper connection master this process, the love and gratitude you will feel will make you giddy.
Continue these steps on a regular basis and become a student of gratitude. Develop your self-awareness of when you are thankful, how you express gratitude, how you feel physically and how you feel when you are in a state of gratitude. Remember to be graceful in your acceptance and receiving of gratitude. Don’t minimise gratitude shown to you by others, practice enjoying the experience.
I believe that we may not always feel happy, or like our circumstances however we can feel gratitude and appreciation in the lessons, or love we feel at the time.
Enjoy the journey to being in a state of gratitude and appreciation and let me know how you will you begin your gratitude practice?
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Nutritional Beauty Coach