It’s easy for me to get very negative.
I’m not sure whether this is a remnant of a difficult early life, a personality flaw, or just poor coping skills, but I really dislike when I get that way. When I notice myself finding things to complain about all over the place, I reach out for help. The other day, I called my daughter and she reminded me to practice Gratitude. By the next day, I had a completely different attitude and found Joy everywhere I turned. There is a lot of research to support the idea of having a formal practice of Gratitude. And I do mean Practice. Whether it means keeping a Gratitude Jar or a Journal, or daily recording Three Good Things, taking five minutes at the end of the day to recall things that went well really impacts mental health and resilience.
If you find yourself, as I sometimes do, falling into a pattern of negativity, try adding a practice of Gratitude in your life. And let me know how it goes!
Lina Lewis-Arévalo MA, LPC, LCADC, NCC and is a Board-Certified, Licensed Professional Counselor. She encourages her clients to think of therapy as part of a journey of Wellbeing, which includes attention to sleep, nutrition, self-expression, connectedness, and bodywork. She is passionate about putting people at ease and helping them to reclaim their Best Selves. Whether your issues stem from early life trauma, ineffective communication skills, poor coping, low self-esteem, etc., she can help you recover that essential you and find joy in your life again. Call (609) 414-7978 or email LinaTherapistLPC@itherapymail.com to set up a session. Visit Lina Lewis-Arévalo’s Profile.