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Gratitude as a stress reliever

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It has been a long, cold winter. I’m not one to complain about Mother Nature. My Husband always says, “There’s no such thing as bad weather; only inappropriate clothing.” That is not to say that I haven’t been hibernating. I have never been a cold weather athlete. Every year I think about it but it is just so easy to stay home, where it’s warm and cozy. I walk but not nearly as much as I do when it’s 30 or above. And, with all the snow we have in my area, even walking a mile takes an hour. I get a bit complacent with my workouts.

After spending some time psyching myself up to do circuit training this morning, I finally took a deep breath in. A deep breath in of gratitude. Gratitude for the bright sun shining through my windows. Gratitude for my body that feels like it’s been waking up after being in a dark cave. Once the gratitude soaked in, I was allowed to do a kick ass workout. With each jump squat, lunge, and push up, I felt the winter begin to flow out of me. I swear I even smelled spring.

And with this feeling of gratitude, spreading through every pore, came the release of all the stress I put upon myself just minutes before. Feeling gratitude allows me to accept the present moment as being exactly perfect just the way it is. By the time I got to the second set of circuits, I was sweating and smiling and feeling pretty damn good. I was grateful.

Here are just a few ways to experience gratitude:

  • Be aware of all the wonderfully small things in life.
  • Keep a gratitude journal (I don’t write in mine. I make collages).
  • Change the negatives to positives.
  • Give compliments or share your appreciation with someone.
  • Avoid gossip, complaining, and/or criticism for a few days and see what happens.
  • Sound happy when you speak with others and notice how they respond.
  • Do something for others.

What are you grateful for today?

Peace.

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