The other day, I felt the world crushing down on me. Has this ever or more recently happened to you?
No doubt, I’ve discovered and adopted many silver linings during this past 12 months. I know from personal experience that the “rose among the thorn” is key to living the optimal healthy lifestyle because that mindset keeps us focused on faith, hope and positivity.
Still, we must feel the loss, grief, pain, anger, and frustration too. Shoving these emotions aside or worse hiding them — does nothing for us but foster more illnesses and poor health.
Everyone is different in how long we grieve and process our emotions. But, if there’s one thing that is certain — we must move from these emotions and accept them and let them be — along with counter feelings of love, light, optimism and joy.
One of the ways that works for me personally and my clients is to practice gratitude.
When we allow that flicker of light in our heart and soul to speak to us, this light cultivates thoughts of thankfulness and appreciation. One way to keep that light bright is to practice gratitude. And, a great method to do this, when life feels good OR heavy, is through nature.
When is the last time you stopped to hear birds chirping or see the grandness in the trees. Or looked up to the sky in wonder and amazement at its vastness and beauty? It’s these quiet moments that we gain some time for reflection in our day and our life.
If you’re not already in the habit of connecting with nature, I have some tips to help you get started:
- Find a local park to walk through after dinner or visit on the weekend
- Plant pollinating flowers in your yard or start an herb garden. OR if it’s winter where you are — like me — I can tell you about the indoor herb and flower garden I use. Just reply here
- Learn about native plants and how to care for them
- Start a compost in your yard to reduce waste
- Pick up trash on your walks
There is no limit to the things you can do in nature to both express and fuel your gratitude. How about committing to getting out in nature more often. Just 30 minutes a day can leave a lasting uplifting feeling.
In gratitude and love,
Christine Quinn, Fitness + Mind Body Coach, The Optimal Healthy Living Program
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