It can be really hard when you suffer from a mental illness to see the brighter side of life. Your thoughts consume you and you feel hopeless. Whenever I feel this way, I try to remind myself of the good I have in this world. I remind myself of the things that bring me and joy and make me happy. I do this exercise as a reminder to my brain that things are better than I think they are.
I read a book that a therapist wrote a few years ago when I was at my lowest mentally, and it gave this really good learning technique. It was saying out loud to yourself that you acknowledge your feelings. This triggers something in your brain so that you recognise that it is just thoughts, it’s not real or present. Doing this exercise and saying out loud the good things you have in life can help in the same way. It’s like you’re talking to a friend or a family member, reminding them everything will be okay. But instead you are talking to yourself.
Today I want to share how I’m learning to be more grateful in life. Sometimes all we need to do is take a step back and realise the good and positive things around us. I hope this post is a reminder for you to do the same.
Something as simple as making a list outlining a few things you are blessed with can be a great reminder. Alot of the time, you think there’s only a few things but once you start writing, you realise how many things you have in life. Heres my list:
- Food on the table
- Loving family
- Great friends
- Good health
- A warm home
Whats on your list?
HAVING A STABLE JOB
Now more than ever I am so thankful and lucky to have the job I have. Ever since the pandemic started I have been able to keep a very stable job and work safely at home. I remind myself of this when work gets crazy or I feel like giving up. There are so many people out there who have had financial struggles due to losing their jobs or having their hours cut. My heart goes out to those families and people who are going through that. And thats the exact reason why I remind myself how blessed I am for my job.
REFLECTING ON HOW FAR I HAVE COME
I stand by the saying that you should only look back to see how far you have come. Years ago my mental health was at its worst, I suffered with panic attacks daily and avoided leaving my house. Only now reflecting back I realise how bad it got. I’m so thankful and happy that I’m out of that season of life. This new season isn’t what I thought was in store for me, but im thankful that I learnt from my past struggles and its made me into the woman I am today.
I encourage you to look back on your life, and notice and embrace the changes you have gone through. It will give you such a different life perspective, particularly if you have come out the other end from something bad.
EMBRACING THE BAD
Similarly to the point before, I think embracing the bad in life can really help switch your perspective. Imagine if we just never had bad days or have bad things happen to us. How would we appreciate the good times and the positive things? We wouldn’t. With everything good, comes something bad. Thats just the natural process of life. I think embracing the bad days is as simple as accepting it when something happens. Of course this cant apply to every single situation in life, but those minor inconveniences or struggles we face that are so annoying, just accept it and then move on from it.
Everyday is a new opportunity to start fresh, how amazing is that?! Every single day we get to start over and move on from the day before.