With all the restrictions and limitations, it’s easy to start feeling sorry for ourselves, dwelling on all the things that we can’t do, or that we’ll be missing out on this year.
Time to nip those thoughts in the bud!
As this letter to the editor shows, even in adversity there are things we can appreciate:
Yep, things are going to be different this year. So let’s make note of all the things we do have, and that we can still do, and maybe even all the new things we’re discovering now that we can’t just do the same things we’ve always done.
I’m talking about a gratitude journal.
You could create an actual journal. This gives you lots of freedom to be creative! Fancy writing, photos, scrapbooking, collage – the only limit is your imagination! This example is from Reader’s Digest, and it accompanies a good article about gratitude journaling.
Another option is a gratitude jar. Simply decorate a large jar and, every day, write something you are grateful for on a piece of paper, then fold it up and put it in the jar. There’s a fair bit of room for creativity here, too. You could use all sorts of fun colours of paper and pens/pencils, and you could even draw pictures to represent the things you are grateful for.
A really simple alternative is a poster. Put it up on the wall where it will remind you to jot something down. Keep a pen or pencil nearby so you can react whenever inspiration strikes. This approach has the added advantage of letting you see what you wrote every time you pass by!
Keep it private, or share your thoughts with friends and family. You might be surprised at all the wonderful things, people, joys, and opportunities you have in your life.