G is for Gratitude

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Last week, I had the fortunate opportunity to listen to a talk by Stephen Doran, founder of Live Daily. One of the biggest things I took away with me was the habit of waking up and instantly asking myself what I’m grateful for. I decided to try it every so often and see how I felt. I wouldn’t necessarily do it in the morning when I’d just woken up as I take quetiapine at night and waking up in the morning is a whole new struggle without having to remember things as well.

I found that if my mood wasn’t great, or I had intrusive thoughts, I could slightly alter my state of mind, almost drown out the thoughts, by thinking of things that I was grateful for. They didn’t have to be anything big or impressive and ranged from being grateful for a comfy bed, nice weather that day or the fact that I’d just made myself a cup of tea. Sometimes one of the only things I was grateful for was the very fact that I’d remembered to think of something.

The more I did it, the more I found myself getting into the habit of automatically thinking of something to be grateful for when an intrusive thought randomly popped up in my head, regardless of the time of day. I’m still amazed that this is happening as this is something I’ve only been practising and working on for just over a week now. Like all self-help techniques and therapy’s, some will have a more profound effect on you than others. For me, being grateful has definitely had a big impact.

Why do I think it’s so effective? Dr Martin Luther King, Jr said it best: “Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.”

To be grateful is to love and to find the light even when things feel dark. It’s definitely something I recommend trying. I find it helps to drive away the horrible venomous feelings our mental state can leave us in, one day at a time.

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