It's been a stressful time for me lately. Lots going on and some of which are major life changes. We are looking to move house again, only 6 months after our last move. Hubby changing jobs. I'm expanding my photography business... busy, busy time.
And I will admit it... the stress was starting to take it's toll. Physical manifestations were beginning to show, as I put my body through constant pressure without ever really allowing myself any down time to regroup. It wasn't pretty.
However, yesterday, I had a revelation.
Did you realise that it is physically impossible to be both stressed and grateful at the same time?
Whilst focussing on some wonderfully good news that had come my way, I had the sudden realisation that I was no longer feeling the effects of stress.
My muscles had relaxed. My jaw unclenched. My breathing had slowed and I suspect my heart rate did the same. I was feeling calm and happy. Happier than I had in a long while.
So I did what any sane and rational person would do. I decided to keep the feeling.
Even though the excitement of the good news has passed. And even though the situations and events that had lead to the stress in the first place are still very much there... I have made the conscious decision to remain happy and grateful.
Every time I feel a muscle tighten. With even the slightest indication that my breath is beginning to quicken and shallow... I once again remind myself of all that there is to be grateful for.
And you know what happens?
The stress is instantly transformed. Peace returns. Calm returns.
I had spent the past couple of days actually researching possible therapists and programs to reduce anxiety. It had gotten so bad that I was convinced that the only way I was going to be able to make it through was with some professional help. My stress levels were getting out of control.
Yet, with one simple realisation. With one incredibly easy technique... I have completely turned my story around.
You cannot be stressed and grateful at the same time!! And you always ALWAYS have a choice which one you will focus upon.
A great article, I love gratitude! I was recently challenged to write out and post on my Facebook page, things I am grateful for every day. I've managed to do this with 5 things every day for over a week.
Looking at this article, I have to say I am grateful for your lovely bird pictures!