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TRUE or FALSE: I actively practice gratitude.

Drum roll, please! 🥁 We’ll be talking about gratitude this week, Mighties!

At its core, gratitude is the quality of being thankful for people, places, pets, or experiences; but it’s also the readiness to show appreciation and return kindness to others. This can look like writing thank you notes, savoring important moments with friends and loved ones, sharing how you feel when you have an impactful experience, or even keeping a gratitude journal.

When you go about your daily life, do you think you consciously practice gratitude? Or is it something you want to create more of a habit around?

Let us know in the comments below! ⬇️

#CheckInWithMe #52SmallThings #selfcare #MentalHealth #Gratitude #CheerMeOn #Anxiety #Depression #ChronicPain #ChronicIllness #RareDisease #Disability #Autism

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Finding gratitude in my struggles

Thanksgiving isn't celebrated where I live, but I always love to participate in the yearly tradition of reflection and giving thanks for the good in our lives. I try to do this on a daily basis, but I feel it's a bit more effective when we do it in community.

I want to take a different approach this year by listing the things I'm currently struggling with and finding the light amongst them. I'm hoping it'll help shift my perspective a bit before welcoming in a new year with new challenges.

I'm struggling with sudden unemployment

it came at the perfect time. I was working 2 jobs when I became unemployed due to company budget cuts at both. A few days later both of my grandparents got sick and though they recovered somewhat, they both need extra care... something I'm able to give. With my extra time, I'm studying Python, working on art and upgrading my skillsets. I'm taking care of long pending issues in my life and making important decisions while planning for my future. These are all things I'm grateful for and they wouldn't be possible if I hadn't become unemployed when I did.

I'm struggling to face my grandparents' mortality

their health and our routine at home changed drastically over night and it was a slap in the face for me. I didn't realize how little time they have left. That being said, everyone in our family has become extremely close with each other. I've mended relationships with distant family members and they've showed up for me in ways I never expected. They check up on me every day, constantly thank me for my role in this family and insist on reminding me that their help is only a phone call away... and they show up every single time.

I'm struggling to create genuine friendships

nothing new, but it's always something. I either meet people who aren't genuinely interested in my friendship or I meet amazing people, but I lack the energy and communication skills to keep up with them. It's isolating, specially in this phase of my life. Thankfully, the friends I do have are the best friends I could ask for. They remind me of what genuine friendship is and how good of a friend I am as well. They expect nothing from me but myself, that means the good and the bad. They love me at my worse, celebrate me at my best and I'm so grateful to have amazing people in my life.

I'm struggling to keep a consistent daily routine

since my grandparents got sick, my weeks have been filled with sleepless nights, emergency hospital visits, doctors appointments and impromptu family emergencies. My well being has been on the back burner for almost 2 months and my life has lost any sort of structure. Though I'm exhausted and unstable, I'm grateful that I'm realising what I genuinely value and need to prioritise when it comes to my health and well being. Being at this "rock bottom" is showing me the root cause of a lot of issues and I feel with a few lifestyle changes, I can put measures into place to prevent me from reaching a point of inconsistency with my well being and mental health.

This wasn't easy to write at all but I'm glad I did. It gave me a bit of hope for the person I'm going to become in the following year. I hope you enjoy your Thanksgiving and take time to give thanks as well.

#Gratitude #thankful

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Grateful to be alive #Depression #Hope #Suicide #Gratitude #Relationships #MentalHealth

My Wife and I left Sydney today to start a 3 week road trip. We will be speaking at a few churches but mostly it’s time off. As we drove past wonderful farms and beautiful horses etc I was filled with gratitude to still here.

If my suicide attempt had been successful 3 years ago I would not have seen my Granddaughters grow into the passionate and funny children they are. I would not be on this road trip.

In the midst of deep, dark, depression, it’s easy to see no way out. There is hope. You need to allow others to walk you through your pain. It’s scary but so, so worth it.

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Write a gratitude list for the month of August.

We’re keeping it simple for our #mightyminute today and reflecting on the good from this past month. Who kept you going? What goal(s) did you achieve? How many perfect cups of tea did you make? What trick did your dog learn? All shades and sizes of gratitude count.

If your August was especially hard and you’re having to dig realllll deep to unearth that thankfulness, just know you can always come back to this community. We’re grateful for you, your story, your existence, your presence — always.

#CheckInWithMe #Gratitude #Grief #MentalHealth #Anxiety #Depression #Autism #ChronicPain #ChronicIllness #RareDisease #Disability #Parenting #CheerMeOn

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Tootsies #MultipleSclerosis #ChronicPain #Diabetes

In December I was diagnosed with Diabetes. Prior I was feeling foot pain at night that kept me up. I thought it was my MS. Flash forward and Diabetes controlled on Metformin my foot pain has improved. Every morning when I feel the floor and walk I smile and feel blessed. #Gratitude
Namaste 🙏🍃🧘🏻‍♀️

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when I’m overcome with depression and anxiety, I fight.

Gratitude is what saves me every day. When I find myself being overcome with grief, with sadness, when that broken record plays reminding me of the song that depicts the large holes in my heart that will always remain part of its shape, when I’m overcome with depression, and anxiety, I fight. I fight to remind myself what I have and just how lucky I am to have the things I do now. Over and over I repeat and remind myself until the darkness is overshadowed by the light. I do not ignore my grief or sadness or the songs of memory, instead I write. I reflect. I let it out as much as I can while being mindful to not to let it consume me. To not let my children see it consume me, but instead see me fight. See me acknowledge it’s okay to feel sad sometimes, to see me take those deep breaths and grounding techniques to prevent a panic attack, to see mama taking a short break or walk outside, because to tell them to ignore sadness would be a lie. That’s how we get to the point of it consuming us to begin with. You cannot control what feelings you have, but you can work to manage them. So for me, I write. I reflect. I remind myself to breathe. I remind myself how grateful I am. And I fight. #MentalHealth #Anxiety #Depression #Breathe #GroundingTechniques #keepgoing #PanicAttacks #Gratitude

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