Gratitude Can Help You Sleep!
I've written often about how gratitude is the most life-giving emotion and it may even help you get a better night's rest.
As Tim Denning writes:
"Appreciating one thing helps you to realize how much you already have. Every
day, you get one gift of something going right amongst all the stuff that goes
wrong. This gift is a good focus point to reflect on and be at peace with. Every day,
one thing is going right for you. What is it?
Did the car start? Did someone hold the door open? Did the customer do what
you wanted them to do? Did you get to read that book?"
End your day by thinking of these things to put the worry part of your brain to rest.
Be in the Present
As the weather begins to change, one of my favorite things is a sunny day when the air has a slight chill. What a relief after the long cold summer. However, if I'm not careful, I can miss those days by being preoccupied and in a hurry. Through mindfulness, we are able to breathe in the experience. To pause, if even for a moment and notice the sun and air can bring a measure of joy to anyone's day -- at least for that moment. Use the core mindfulness skills of observing and describing to yourself how delightful the weather feels. We spend so much time thinking about what we need to get done or what we wish we had, that we miss or barely notice the moments of our lives that are truly worth living. Truly enjoy your spring!