By Jackie White
Coronavirus has impacted everyone everywhere. It has taken our world, turned it upside down and shook it out, spewing life that once knew everywhere. We still feel we are experiencing the fall out from the pandemic. New challenges pop up weekly. As we continue to wake up each day there is one thing we can all agree on, the atmosphere is laced with fear. For sure some days are better than others, but then some days it weighs heavy. So, how do we keep doing this every day and every week without cracking? The answer is by dosing with a generous helping of gratitude
Gratitude is a magical elixir of sorts. It cures so many things in life. No, unfortunately, it cannot cure the coronavirus, BUT, second best, it can help to cure your daily levels of stress. Gratitude is a funny thing because it’s power is so underestimated. To shift your mindset to one that is grateful and turns on the spigot of positive energy in your body. Being grateful will uplift your spirits and in doing so, will up lift your physical being. Being grateful is looking through a lens of love towards others and towards other situations that you have in your life.
Establishing a Practice of Gratitude
To establish a practice of gratitude during the pandemic will be feeding your mind, body and soul with a feeling of enough. You will see that even though life isn’t what it was, it can still be enough. That is where the magic happens. That is the shift that once you see that what you have is enough, you will begin to live life in a calmer and more appreciative way. That in turn settles the stress and releases the tension you may have been carrying for the last 5 months.
What to be Grateful for?
There are so many things you can be grateful for! Here is a list to think a little bit differently on how you can be grateful during this extraordinarily amazing time in life.
Be grateful for your family and friends: This one is the obvious answer, right? Of course, we are grateful for family and friends, but this time, can you stretch your gratitude further? Can you be grateful for a good neighbor, an excellent hairdresser, the person who let you in during a traffic jam or the person who maybe isn’t on the top of your favorite friends list?
Be grateful for your community: Our community members have really had a light shone on them during these tough times. We can’t help but be thankful to the healthcare workers, police, teachers, grocers, truckers, line personnel in food plants, those who are keeping the stores open and so many more.
Be grateful for those things you once took for granted: This one is a great exercise because we really can see now what we took for granted before. Seeing a friend or co-worker, taking your car in to be serviced, eating at a restaurant or taking a vacation when you want are all things to be grateful for.
Be grateful for the challenges because the challenges bring you growth: Whoa. This might be a hard one to wrap your head around. No one wants to be thankful for challenges that cause stress and anxiety, but if you can see something good you will take out of this, that is a huge opportunity for personal growth!
Be grateful for just being you: Yes, you can be grateful for yourself. Acknowledge how you are handling all this. What are the things you have done right? How have you supported others? All of those things are awesome qualities of you! Be grateful for that!
The pandemic may hang over us for some time yet, but now you have the remedy for your mind, body and soul to get you through stronger than you ever were before! Let gratitude wash away your Corona Blues and fill you with hope, calm and peace.
Erika Fehrenbach Prell is passionate about inspiring and educating, others on their path to complete wellness-mind,body, and soul. This desire led Erika to the helping profession of nursing, and she obtained her Master's Degree as a Nurse Practitioner in 2007. Erika specialized in cardiac surgery, largely influenced by her personal experience with heart disease. While she loved working with this population, her heart's desire has always been to impact lives on a larger scale and from a proactive, not reactive, place. The universe answered when her path crossed with Jackie and SoulShine was born. Erika finally feels she is walking in her purpose and is excited for this journey to unfold.