Gratitude: A 30 Second Antidote to Cope With Stress
National Gratitude Month
November is National Gratitude Month. As this year comes to an end, what better time than now to reflect on all that we're grateful for.
Despite the fear and uncertainty caused by the pandemic, we can choose to view difficult times with a different perspective.
During challenging times, pausing to reflect on what we're grateful for can help us cope.
When we focus on gratitude, we can reset and re-shift our mindset.
30 Second Antidote With Benefits
Take action now by answering this one question:
What are you grateful for?
When we embrace thoughts of gratitude, we immediately shift our focus from the negative to the positive things in our lives.
This insightful quote by Tony Robbins perfectly describes the gift of gratitude. It's a gift that's given to all of us if we choose to accept it.
"When you are grateful, fear disappears, and abundance appears."
For more coping shifts to manage stress and prevent burnout read: Fostering Resilience: How High Performing Leaders Manage Stress and Prevent Burnout Amid Pandemic | Leadership and Life Coaching (onetrueyoucoaching.com)
The Neuroscience of Gratitude
Research has proven that our mental and physical well-being, job satisfaction, and overall happiness are positively impacted by focusing on what we're grateful for.
Gratitude is essential for a fulfilling life.
Gratitude affects our brain and body. This educational article: Neuroscience Behind Gratitude: How Does Cultivating Appreciation Affect Your Brain? (chopra.com) shares that when we express gratitude, the brain releases a surge of dopamine. That surge helps us feel good. It gives a natural high, creating good feelings that motivate us to repeat specific behaviors, including expressing gratitude even more.
When we feel good, we're more likely to spread positivity.
Another powerful effect of gratitude is that it can boost serotonin. Seratonin contributes to feelings of well-being, stabilizes our mood, and helps us feel more relaxed.
Given the benefits of gratitude for our brain and health, choosing to "amp up" daily gratitude makes sense.
1 Way To Have More Gratitude Every Day
Even when faced with challenge, One True You, LLC leadership and life coaching professionals are experiencing the difference the practice of gratitude makes.
There are countless ways to express gratitude. Here's 1 way to immediately experience the difference:
1. Begin With Mindful Breathing: When we focus on our breathing we connect inward. Mindful breathing can help calm feelings of stress and anxiety.
2. Express Gratitude by Writing Down 5-10 Things That You're Grateful For
When this simple practice becomes a daily habit, it helps us learn to appreciate and be grateful for each moment.
Studies have shown that over a period of weeks by following a gratitude practice, we start showing changed brain patterns that lead to greater empathy and happiness.
When we consistently and repeatedly practice gratitude, we become more present and aware of what we have and appreciate in our lives.
A Harvard University study linked the act of being grateful with increased happiness. The study reported, “After 10 weeks, those who wrote about gratitude were more optimistic and felt better about their lives." Harvard researchers believe that gratitude is a tool that can be cultivated and strengthened over time with practice.
Cultivate an Attitude of Gratitude
As One True You, LLC celebrates six years of helping leaders experience more fulfilling lives, I share my heartfelt gratitude. Thank you to everyone who's placed their trust in our coaching relationship and has experienced amazing successful outcomes. The changes you've made in your lives serve as inspiration to those beginning their journeys. My wish to all:
"Believe in yourself, your unique talents and strengths, and may you always find gratitude in your life...each and every day."
About the Author:
Deborah Petropoulos, is an Executive Coach specializing in Leadership Coaching and Life Coaching. She works with high-performing leaders in Global Pharmaceuticals and other industries who are experiencing mid-life challenges, workplace stress and burnout, considering a career change, or want to create a plan for retirement and what's next in life.
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