Tip #33: Be grateful, and keep a list of all the things you love about your life.
The Why: Anxiety can make you see the world through a highly negative lens.
It can sometimes feel like you are wearing black-tinted glasses when walking around; previously beautiful things can seem dangerous, and inspire fear rather than beauty.
It becomes so easy to focus on all the things in your life that are sources of worry and all the things that went wrong during the course of a day.
But I promise you, if you look in the right places, the good always outweighs the bad.
If you keep a list of all the things you are grateful for, from the large to the small, whenever things seem too much or too dark, you can look, reflect, and see that your life is still full of joy and possibility.
For instance, I am grateful for my wonderful friends, my family, that I can access videos of dogs whenever I like, and that I get to walk past this amazing building every day:
When I began my list, I was in a doom-cycle. Everything felt wrong and I couldn’t see that the sun was still shining.
I sat down for 30 minutes and forced myself to think of all the amazing things in my life.
At first, it was hard, for five minutes I stared at a blank page willing the good to emerge from the woodwork and strike me. Then they did. By the end of half an hour I had over 95 things, from the very important to the seemingly menial.
Now, whenever I feel scared, or like life is too hard, I look at my gratitude wall.
I turned the list into post-it notes and scattered them around my room so I am constantly reminded of just how fortunate I truly am.
Life isn’t all scary, it’s also wonderful.
Stop lamenting the things that are not, and start loving the things that are.
Be grateful for your life and all the good in it, it’s the only one you’ll ever have.