We're in lockdown here at TYR HQ. We're working from home, realising quickly that our house is too damn small, and my man Darren is starting to see how much food I *actually* eat in a day (no food-shaming here, please).
So, I've come up with 6 easy rules for ourselves to help sanity and even a little joy prevail in these crazy days. For the first, go here.
And you, you sparkly human being, have landed on the second of these rules:
I hear you. It's woo-woo yoga BS. Whatever. Eye roll. Go drink a green smoothie and wear a turban.
I get it.
But it *actually* can alter our headspace for the better. Even scientific articles like this one claim "gratitude is . . . important to [subjective well-being]."
Hell yeah it is.
New to the whole gratitude thing? Here's three fail-safe steps to help you start the gratitude habit:
Step 1 - Journal. Yes, yes, I know. We're not 13 year old girls anymore and I bet any blokes reading this have never even thought about it. But this is far removed from that pink fluffy thing with a padlock and key you used to hide under your bed and write your crush's name in. This has become cool, grown-up and mental-health saving.
The easiest (and cheapest) way to start this is to grab a simple notepad and, every morning when you wake up, write down three things you're grateful for. Then, on a night before you go to sleep, write down three things that went really well about your day.
To make this habit an easier one to keep, try starting just with the morning gratitude, then add the evening gratitude in after a few days of nailing the habit. Then commit! Setting alarms on your phone, or keeping your journal by your bed can help.
Step 2 - Feel it. If you yoga with us at TYR, you'll hear us say this *a lot*. It's a big part of our movement practice, and our gratitude practice, too. If you're not really feeling it and rushing your gratitudes down 'cause you really need to pee, then it's pointless.
Find the things you're grateful for and let them permeate. Do a little dance. FEEEEEL gratitude. Don't do gratitude.
Step 3 - Take it with you. Aside from it being great as a morning and evening thing, it's also a great thing to take with you into the adventures of your day. Find yourself with your favourite snacks watching your favourite TV show? In a really funny moment with your kids? See a deer on a walk in the woods? Pause a second. No need to make a note (although you totally can), but just get mindful about the cool stuff that's happening right now. See Step 2 above.
Making this stuff a habit can prime ourselves to see more of it. After starting a gratitude journal in 2019 I now go about my day taking mental notes of the things that go really well so I can record them in my evening journalling.
Really, a gratitude practice is about getting to a place of HOLY SHIT THIS IS AWESOME way more regularly.
And this, lovely person, can quite literally change the way our brains work.
TYR isn't affiliated with this in any way, but this is the journal I use every day and it's brilliant.