There are moments in life when everything seems to be going your way. You know those moment when you get the new job, your kids are doing well in school, your bills are paid, and you and your loved ones are happy and healthy. If you are anything like me rarely do all these things occur at the same time. It is easy to count your blessings when all is well in your world. The challenge is to count them when your world is in stress or turmoil. I have often asked my client’s who are struggling with the effects of a traumatic event to begin a gratitude journal. The journal serves as a reminder of the good that still exists and the inevitable transition to better days. If you are struggling to see your way clear amid the fog of frustration, hopelessness, and despair, take a moment and try these suggestions:
- Just Breathe. Slow cleansing breaths in through the nose and out threw the mouth allows your body a moment to slow down. Also, this process encourages mindfulness. You may begin to notice the quiet beauty within your space.
- Focus on what you can control instead of what you cannot. This usually involves self-care. You can only control your reaction to a difficult situation. Take a moment and decide what you need in terms of support and personal wellbeing.
- Help someone else. There are moments in time when we should be less focused on our issues and identify ways, we can use our gifts and talents to help others.
I hope these suggestions serve as a healthy reminder to count your blessings.
Alicia M. Lurry LPC