5 Things I Am Grateful For
5 things I am grateful for huh? This one was a little difficult to write. In the midst of this pandemic, everything has been stressful. With my children around 24/7 I can't get much done in terms of my business. I'm up every 2-3 hours during the night so I'm tired. I'm up all day. I try to make them take a nap, they don't. I tell them it's quiet time while the baby is sleeping so I can take a nap too, they still make noise and me yelling at them ends up waking the baby. It is frustrating. Yet what 5 things am I grateful for?
I feel all over the place. I feel drained. I feel like I'm moving at snail pace. Sometimes I think "I can't wait for them to go back to daycare", but their safety is more important.
One way I've been taught to preserve my sanity in stressful times is to meditate and list things I am grateful for.
OK enough ranting, here are 5 things I am grateful for.
1. I am grateful for me and my family's health.
- So many people are catching this new coronavirus and dying from it. It is truly sad and scary because it spreads so easily. I am grateful that no one in my family has had it.
2. I am grateful for my opportunities
- I now have the opportunity to be still and come up with a plan to grow my business and finances. I am discovering new income producing opportunities such as the stock market. I have the opportunity to go back to school to earn a certificate for free securing employment income.
3. I am grateful for the ability to learn new skills
- I am one to admit I'm a pessimist, so learning a new skill always seemed out of reach unless I was learning at a job. If I can learn how to do a skill for someone else's benefit at a job, I should be able to do the same for myself right? Absolutely! We all can. While we're being forced to sit at home, we all should take this opportunity to learn something new that could potentially be another stream of income. I'll be writing a separate blog post on the new skills I've taught myself so far just off of YouTube.
4. I am grateful to have found coping mechanisms to help with my depression and anxiety.
- I have been diagnosed with depression since I was a teenager. For many years I had a hard time coping with stressful situations. A lot of the time I just pushed it in the back of my mind so I'd forget. The pain be too much to deal with sometimes. Other times I just didn't know how. When I finally decided to go to therapy, I got to talk a lot of things out. We tried different calming exercises including meditation, mindfulness, affirmations, writing exercises, and breathing exercises. These have helped a lot in calming me down so I can think clearly. Redirecting my negative thoughts into positive ones and looking at what I can control has been a big step. Here is a blog post on getting over a depression episode.
5. I am grateful for the love and support I receive even from total strangers
- My children love me because I loved them first. My family loves me just for being me and being loyal and supportive. I am a listener. My man and my friend appreciate that about me. I'm able to give a different perspective. I am insightful especially about myself. Building a business is tough, but I've had people like my business page, follow me, share my posts, participate in my group and just send positive uplifting words.
I truly appreciate it!
What are things you are grateful for? Even when things may be going wrong or bad things keep happening all at once, practicing gratitude allows you to see clearly. Positive things are and will still happen for you. Things will get better. Take your time to be still and grow.
As always Be You Confidently.