“Cultivate the habit of being grateful for every good thing that comes to you, and to give thanks continuously. And because all things have contributed to your advancement, you should include all things in your gratitude.”
Ralph Waldo Emerson
What are you grateful for? We have heard this throughout this year dealing with COVID-19. You may have even asked this yourself. Being grateful has been one of the saving graces for many of us during this time. Many have felt helpless and lost. But when we look at what we are grateful for our outlook begins to change. Many of us have lots to be grateful for. Many of us might be struggling to even identify anything to be grateful for when you are dealing with depression or a recent loss. Dealing with depression it is hard to find even a small thing to be grateful for. As a therapist during this time with COVID-19, I have seen an increase in depression in my case loads and with my associates. I see how the clients are struggling with finding a peace or an understanding of being grateful in a time like this. As Cognitive Behavior Therapist, I work with clients on how to rethink the negative cycles of thoughts. T assist in understanding how to challenge theses thought so you can begin to understand what you are grateful for. I agree with Ralph W. Emerson. We need to work on cultivate a grateful habit every day. I suggest the following steps to incorporate grateful steps:
- Start your day and end your day on a grateful note
- Start a journal to keep track of what you are grateful for
- Take notice and recognize your feelings
- Go outside for a few minutes a day. Look around observe what you are grateful for in nature.
Take care of you! Towler Counseling LLC is here for you if you need a therapist to work on depression or being grateful.