Always Remain Grateful
One of the most effective mental health recovery tool you could ever experience or encounter is practicing gratitude.
Yes, we know what you might have in mind right now. That the idea of practising gratitude when depressed may not make sense. It may sound totally absurd and you may think its totally out of point because you are suffering. You may be thinking ‘’Why…how might this be of any help?’’, ”I don’t think there is anything I can be grateful for right now”
Lets just be blunt and straightforward.An attitude of always being grateful will not take away your depression and it in itself is not a form of treatment.
How Gratitude helps
What this habit does is that, it shifts the focus your attention away from your situation. You might as well say why cant I just booze to relieve my mood?, this will also take my attention away from my problems even if it is temporary.
Well, the art of gratitude does much more than distracting your attention from your problems, it gradually fills you with positivity. It helps you focus more on what is working in your life instead of what is not working. This shift in perception actually changes the brain chemistry and counteracts the negative thinking that is the hallmark of depression.
Things you can be grateful for
So what can you be grateful for?
The truth is that if you look hard, you will find something. For example, if you consider how life is for the homeless or you have ever been to the hospital wards lately,you might identify a few simple blessings, such as, “I have a roof over my head and I have enough to eat,” ‘’My body is in reasonable health,” “I have a supportive family,” and so on.
What would it be like if you began each day by asking, “What is beneficial in my life right now? What can I be grateful for? What or who is working to support me in my health and healing?”
There is always something you can be grateful for. A saying goes that says, whatever you focus on expands. As you pay more attention to the good in your life, you will notice more and more of that good–and this improves your positive vibes.
Expressing gratitude does not mean denying pain or uncomfortable feelings. It doesn’t mean that you’re not in the darkness. But it does help you to recognize those points of light that exist in the darkness.
Try this gratitude exercise. At the end of the day, write down an event that went well, or something you are grateful for (see if you can come up with three). Do this for a month. At the end of three weeks, you may feel a bit lighter or more optimistic.
To support this process, you can place something by your bedside (an object, a photograph, an affirmation, etc.) that helps to instill a feeling of gratitude. As you set aside time each day to give thanks, you will notice the presence of grace even during difficult times.
We wish you the best on your road to recovery.