Tis The Season for Gratitude
Studies have linked a host of health benefits to gratitude, including better sleep, less stress, more self-esteem and increased energy. And, perhaps most importantly, being grateful can help remind you of how far you’ve come in your recovery and how truly blessed you are to have a shot at a new, sober life.
One of the best ways to practice being grateful – it doesn’t always come naturally, unfortunately – is to write in a gratitude journal, say researchers. This exercise helps you record and focus on your blessings so you can better understand them.
Here are a few helpful tips to keep in mind when starting a gratitude journal.
- Make it a habit. You don’t have to write every day, but try to do it at least once or twice a week. Pick a set day or time so it becomes part of your weekly routine.
- Don’t sweat spelling or grammar. The goal is to write freely and, besides, no one but you needs to see the journal.
- Go for depth rather than breadth. Try to avoid just listing nice thoughts or acts. Instead, really think and write about your blessings and what they mean to you and your recovery.
- Don’t just make it about you. Having gratitude also means reflecting on others and how they’ve gone above and beyond to help you in your recovery and life.
We Are Grateful for You
At Synergy Group Services, we would like to wish everyone working a program of recovery a safe and sober Thanksgiving. To learn more about our addiction programs, call us today: 888-267-8070.