Practice Gratitude to Decrease Anxiety

In this time of elevated anxiety, your mind might be overwhelmed with negative thoughts which lead to negative outcomes and then pile into mountains of problems that need solving. Your thoughts and problems are valid, yet your anxiety might be impacting your sleep, appetite, and how you approach others. It is important to step back and change your perspective. A quick and lovely way to do so is to practice gratitude.
Gratitude is defined as “the quality of being thankful”. Spend a moment to focus on the people, places, and things in your life that you appreciate. When you are feeling overwhelmed, write a gratitude list. Think about 5 people, places, or things that you currently are thankful for. When you finish, read your list out loud and remind yourself that all of these things you are grateful for are true. By focusing on the positives in your life, you automatically allow the negatives to scurry away.