Finding moments of gratitude and happiness in a scary world April 7, 2020 08:08
I don't know about you but in these Coronavirus days, I swing from one emotion to another and back again in the length of time it takes me to make a cup of tea. There is so much to feel overwhelmed by with worries of health, isolation, money and recession. When this all started, I had a few days of quietly freaking out to myself, unsuccessfully trying to emanate a veneer of calm, until I paused for a moment and tried to come up with some positive actions I could take that might make me feel better.
The first thing I did was limit the amount of news I took in, only allowing myself to either look at or listen to it once in the morning and once at night. I've also limited the amount of time I spend on social media and am careful not to get sucked down any rabbit holes of speculation and questionable 'facts'.
The final step I've taken has been one of the most perspective-inducing things I've tried and I'm confident I'll it carry on when all this is over. I happened to listen to a podcast with Sheryl Sandberg who described journalling small moments of gratitude and joy and how it helped her after the sudden death of her husband. Now, every night I write down three things I've been grateful for during the day and three things that have made me happy. Sometimes, they're simple things like my hens laying eggs or taking my dog for a walk and often they're based around my friends and family. What's interesting is that I find myself looking out for these moments during the day, mentally noting things that might make the cut when I come to write my diary later that evening. It's not perfect and I still have waves of fear and confusion but by really noticing the things I have to be thankful for and things that make me happy, the larger, scary stuff seems a bit more manageable.
If you think you might give this a try or you might find it useful, I've created a free downloadable and printable list of gratitude and happiness prompts that you can use to get you started.
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