Stress Relief Tool – Gratitude

Learn how gratitude can be a very effective tool for your stress relief efforts.

Gratitude – being grateful for someone or something you have – has the ability to attract what you want in life, improve your relationships, improve your health, reduce negativity and help you learn. If you don’t believe me, take a look at all these articles and resources on Google.

I make it a nightly habit that right before I go to sleep, I ask my wife what she is grateful for, and she does the same for me. I typically start with my health, and then recap other things that happened during the day that I am grateful for. I’m also mindful to not only say what I am grateful for and why, because it makes it specific in my unconscious mind and I can continue to train my mind to think in a more grateful way. For example, I might say “I’m grateful for my health because it allowed me to participate in a hike today – thank you thank you thank you.” I learned to say thank you three times from a favorite book of mine.

I also use gratitude for simple stuff such as making a stale green light, having a meal I like, hot water in the shower, etc. We take a lot for granted, and if we start appreciating the little things more, we will be prepared more for the more difficult challenges.

Challenges like not wanting to be at work. If this resonates with you, try writing down 5 things you are grateful about your job when you first get to your desk. It could be the paycheck because it pays your bills, the health benefits you receive to keep you healthy, the friendship(s) you have established, etc. By doing this at the beginning of your workday, you set yourself up for a less stressful result.

Try gratitude for one week and see how you feel.

Posted by Professor Pete Alexander

A seasoned professional with over 30 years of Sales and Marketing experience, Pete has battled the negative effects of stress head-on and has developed the LIGHTEN™ stress relief model that motivates his peers to take action and overcome their self-imposed barriers to success using clever yet simple tools and techniques.

2 comments

I believe that stress is not doing good things to me.

Pete Alexander

It’s good that you are aware of that Patsy – that is the first step to getting a handle on it.

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