I have the privilege of working with a group of awesome Ladies for a wonderful global company that allows us to work from home. We have a global online meeting bi-weekly and once a month one of us get a 10 minute slot to share something with the Group. It could be anything from a work related topic, to a game, quiz or Inspirational topic. March was my month, and after having a good 4 or 5 months to come upon awesome topic I decided to go with something that have been trying to do but still need to get a handle on myself. Being Thankful and looking after Myself - "Gratitude and Self-Love".
Even though my 'little-ly' (my 18 year old son - lol, yes, I still think of him as my baby) doesn't live with us anymore I can very much relate to the other Ladies in my Group at work -who are also stay-at-home working Mom's and Wives. Even though you are technically at home, you still have to work a full day, along with all the joy's of being at home all day too. You know what I mean- laundry, dishes, meetings, toy / clothes gatherer, cleaning, work deadlines, fight mediation, being a walking encyclopedia, keeper of the lost and found..... And we wonder how we are ever going to get everything done in a day....
Our lives are extremely rushed, filled to the brim with work and family commitments that we sometimes feel like we are robot’s moving from one day to the next. And we get to the end of the week and cannot remember what we did at the beginning of the week.
We need to STOP, BREATHE and take in the Wonder of the World around you. All the things that pass us by on our busy days….Be present in our day, with ourselves, with our families. We need to take the time to be consciously aware of what we have in our lives, even the most minutest thing, and we need to be thankful for what it brings to our lives.
Studies have shown that being Grateful can:
-Creates Self – acceptance,
-Gives you more energy,
-Lets you sleep better,
-Lets you live longer,
-Lets you breathe easier,
-Creates greater Happiness,
-Helps make better decisions,
-Strengthens your relationships,
-Boosts your career.
So I challenge you to find time either in the morning before your day gets started (yes, you may have to get up a little earlier) or in the evening when things start winding down (when the kids are in bed and hubby is watching sport) to commit to paper those things that you are grateful for in that day.
I challenge you to start a Gratitude Journal for 30 days.
Using the prompts below will give you a good start. I found this wonderful printable on 'GoodThingsRealized' Blog site and they are so thought provoking and speak to even the smallest things that can pass us by.
Try and add one additional thing that you are thankful for that is personal to you each day.
Image Courtesy of Shastalilly @ goodthingsrealized
On that list of things to be Thankful for is YOU!
We often forget that WE are the most important person in OUR lives, and we forget to take care of OURSELVES. Life is hectic, YOU need to be YOUR best and happiest, to give YOUR most to everyone around you. Look after yourself first, then look after others. Take the time to look after YOU!! I DARE you to try and do at least one of the things on the following list, at least once a week!! This printable is courtesy of Paula @ thirteenthoughts and some of these ideas are just so cute!! - When last did you jump on a bed, any bed!!!
Image courtesy of Paula @ thirteenthoughts
So all you Lovelies, these are my tips for practicing gratitude and self-love, so go and buy yourself a Beautiful Journal and a cute pen with glittery ink and give it a try!!