One quick and easy way to reduce the worry, reduce the anxiety is to practice gratitude.
And gratitude has been shown in studies to improve our mood and boost our immune system. I know that many people are going through tough times right now. And for some, it can be hard to feel grateful for anything. But when we shift our attention from what we don’t have to what we do have, as subtle as it may be, a profound change occurs in our state of being. We realize that no matter what’s happening, we are fortunate. And there are people out there much worse than us who are really struggling and suffering.
One way that we can build up our gratitude is by building community, supporting people around us in whatever way we can. And as a grandparent you could be a steady reassurance to your grandchildren or you might be a comforting voice on the phone to an isolated elder. There are still so many ways that we can support and help others. And that builds up our sense of gratitude. This pandemic has really woken up the goodness of humanity and we can all be grateful for that. For example, we hear stories of people shopping for those in higher risk categories. And whilst we’re being of service, we can feel more grateful for what we do have and the opportunity to help others. Now let’s see how we can practice gratitude in our daily lives.