The Practice of Self-Gratitude
When it comes to practicing gratitude often times, we think of something outside ourselves such as people places, and things that make us happy. However, what about ourselves? When was the last time you thought about something you were grateful for about YOU?! Probably not a lot huh? It’s hard! Think of the statement, before we can love someone else, we first need to love ourselves. The act of practicing self-gratitude is about being grateful for yourself, what you have, what makes you whole, and the life around you. This practice helps us recognize more of our own beauty within and what makes us who we are without judgment.
We are our worst critics. Think about it, when you look in the mirror what do you focus on? Your strengths or faults? Unfortunately, most of the time it’s our fault. We beat ourselves up, we’re hyper-critical of ourselves, and don’t take the time to give ourselves a breather when we need it most – hello burnout! What if we changed that inner voice to something positive? What if when we looked in the mirror, we talked to ourselves kindly as if we were talking to a friend? Self-love and self-gratitude can be tough and uncomfortable, but it’s critical for self-care and for practicing gratitude!
Start to be your best friend. Your best critic, your own cheerleader for yourself! Here’s a great article to get you started.
Below are some ways you can practice self-gratitude and treat yourself with love:
Buy yourself flowers.
Get a special treat (doesn’t have to be food!)
Take a day off.
Get a pedicure or manicure.
Thank yourself in front of a mirror.
Make a list of things you are grateful for.
Write about what you are thankful for.
Give yourself a pat on the back for a job well done.
Look at yourself in the mirror and smile – say something nice to yourself.
Choose one thing a day about yourself that you like.
Get a massage.
Light your favorite scented candle.
Give yourself time to read a book.
Move your body in nature.
Did you also know there are gratitude apps?! Of course, there are! Check them out here and see what works for you!
There are many benefits to practicing gratitude in general, but specifically self-gratitude.
Reduced stress and burnout because you’re listening to your body
Improved sleep quality and hygiene
Improved emotions – you’re happier!
Increased resilience and feelings of positivity toward the future
Now, go give yourself a hug!