Our Claire is feeling grateful…
WHISC posted a 7 Day Self-Care Challenge on their Facebook page this week (see image). Enjoying writing, I was especially struck by the challenge to write down ten things I’m grateful for. So here goes…
- The internet
- My friends
- My cat
- My family
- The NHS
- Having a home
- Being well fed
- Home delivery services
Having been given a book on the subject as a Christmas present a couple of years ago, I was aware of the benefits of gratitude. However, it’s one thing to know about it and another to actually practice it – especially during a pandemic! So how do you go about being more grateful?
Well, according to this Lifehack article, there seems to be little shortage of ways! However, for the sake of brevity (which you may be thankful for), I will just pick out a handful:
- Notice the beauty in nature each day.
One of the benefits of lockdown is that it’s brought me closer to nature and I have paid more attention to the changing seasons. It has brought me comfort to know that, despite what’s going on with the human race, nature remains resilient and beautiful.
- Avoid negative media and movies with destructive content.
Another thing I’ve noticed in the last year is the negative effect the news was having on me. However, being aware of it, I made sure I kept myself busy with other things like art and playing games on my tablet. I’ve also noted that I can no longer watch disaster or horror movies. Instead, I much prefer comedies and action movies that have that feelgood factor.
- Thank the people who serve you in the community — the shopkeeper, the bus drivers, etc.
We’ve all ‘clapped for heroes’ and painted rainbows in the last year. During the first lockdown, I felt it instilled a sense of community and kept us going during very scary times. I’ve also noticed that people seem to go out of their way to be pleasant and more appreciative of each other these days. I think society is a lot better for it and I hope it will continue.
- Send love to your enemies or people you dislike.
I believe it’s important to remember that when people are angry, they’re in pain. So responding in kind only makes the pain worse. So, if I feel able (e.g. I’m not going to place myself in danger), I try to act from a place of kindness. It’s not easy by any means but it can be really quite wonderful to disarm people with love.
- Share gratitude each day by posting a tweet, Facebook post or Pinterest.
In the past, I’ve fallen into the trap of believing there’s no goodness in the world. So seeing a daily reminder that there is love and kindness in the world, is a real pick-me-up. That’s why I follow Positive News on Facebook and subscribed to get emails from the GoodNews Network.
As you can see, there’s loads of ways you can practice gratitude. There’s no need to do them all – just one will do. At times like this, it’s a case of ‘whatever it takes’ to withstand the negativity.
If you want to make more positive changes to your life, why not have a look at the What’s On page of this website? You’ll find many new activities to take part in from the comfort of your own home and you’ll also be supported by WHISC’s wonderful staff and volunteers. Also, don’t forget that, whether you’re going through good times or bad ones, WHISC are waiting to hear about it. So do give their Listening Ear service a call on 0151 707 1826 or, alternatively, leave a message on their Facebook page with your phone number and they will ring you back.