We at the RDNOTE team feel that there’s much in life to be grateful for, but we don’t always check in to give ourselves the love we deserve. With work, side projects, Mardi Gras, errands to run and things to do, how can we be a little more present and thankful from day to day?
This is something that I personally grapple with often. I’m always writing the next blog post, planning a healthy meal, doing work for my internship, and trying to squeeze in a nap or a workout. I know it’s my own doing – I sign up for a million things to do – but I do wish that whole “be in the moment and express gratitude” thing from yoga could spill into my everyday life.
What then, are some ways to be more grateful on a daily basis?
1. Spend 5 minutes a day doing nothing.
When I have a particularly stressful day coming up, nothing helps me ease into it like taking 5 minutes in the morning to do absolutely nothing. I like to put on a pot of coffee, light my favorite candle and climb back into bed with a mug of coffee. Sometimes I check emails and review my schedule for the day, sometimes I just look out the window. After about five minutes of doing this, I usually feel ready to take on the day. Maybe it’s just the caffeine jolt, but something about this morning ritual helps me ease into even the most stressful of days.
2. Eat slowly and savor your food.
Though, this is something I have quite a difficult time doing, it has been shown to increase pleasure derived from food and appreciate the meal setting. It also helps you eat less by recognizing satiety cues from the brain. Simply taking a few extra minutes at each meal to truly taste the food we’re eating and engage in conversation is a great way to appreciate how lucky we are to experience one of the most basic pleasures in life.
3. When you find yourself in a bad situation, ask yourself a few crucial questions.
In a bad situation it’s too easy to slip into a bad mood and quickly dismiss a day as “bad.” Instead of this approach, ask yourself, “what can I learn? When I look back on this, what will I be grateful to have learned?” Every situation is a learning experience, we just have to see it as such. Most importantly, never shrug a day off as bad just because of one event. Each experience is unique and individual – don’t let just one ruin your day.
What are some ways you experience gratitude in your daily life?