One thing many of us with addiction and mental illness have in common is our tendency to suffer from anxiety. We can be consumed with worrying, overthinking and trying to control things. We can have high expectations for outcomes, for the things we’re dealing with, for the people in our lives, and we try to control everything we can. When things don’t go as we hoped, we can be overly disappointed and highly reactive. We can have heightened stress levels as a result of the overwhelm we feel in our daily lives. We can find that our anxiety interferes with our ability to concentrate and get things done. Our anxious, racing thoughts might keep us up at night, unable to get to sleep. We might find ourselves so anxious that we can’t eat normally. We might stop eating or overeat with periods of binge eating. Our anxiety can contribute to eating disorders, anxiety disorders like panic attacks and obsessive compulsive disorder, high blood pressure and other disturbances to our overall health. What can we do to tackle our anxiety? One powerful method is to start incorporating a gratitude practice into our daily routine.
A gratitude practice trains our minds to search for the positive in every situation and to focus on the good. We’re more likely to be able to battle feelings of anxiety and depression when we’re thinking positively. We’re better equipped to work towards recovery when we’re feeling grateful, optimistic and hopeful. Having gratitude reminds us to always be mindful of our blessings and to never take any of them for granted. Living in gratitude helps us to move through our days with more grace and ease. We naturally feel more confident. We feel our faith in ourselves restored. Being grateful helps us to see the big picture, even in times of difficulty, so that we can focus on the good in everything, along with any lessons that can be learned.
The more we practice being grateful every day, the more we can calm ourselves down whenever we’re feeling anxious. When we feel the tension, nervousness and discomfort of anxiety, we can pause, take deep breaths and ask ourselves, “What do I have to be grateful for in this moment?” Listing the things we feel grateful for, in our day, within ourselves, and in our lives can bring us feelings of comfort and peace and immediately calm us down. We’re better able to focus on the positive rather than the negative, and on solutions rather than problems. Over time, we start to find it easier to subdue our anxiety easily and naturally with a daily gratitude practice.
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