There is an antidote to anxiety? Yes there actually is….its GRATITUDE. It’s taken me a while to pursue gratitude as an actual antidote to anxiety but when exercised it can do amazing things.
Gratitude is a verb that can move you away from pain, worry and fear. When you consciously think on things you are grateful for there is no room for negative thinking. This kind of action retains those fancy neurons in your lovely brain to be more positive. #praisehands!
I love Thanksgiving and since it’s a day away I’m brushing up on my gratitude list and trying to be mindful of what I’m thankful for. Here are some things circling my mind that bring me joy and gratitude specifically for the gift of motherhood.
- I’m grateful that I have children with hearts that love me and others.
- I’m grateful that my body has carried me through hard days, mundane days, fun days, days with little sleep and allowed me to embrace those I love.
- I’m grateful for all the fun adventures in the future that are coming our way.
- I’m grateful that I have this little space on the web to write out my thoughts on life and motherhood… Lord knows it’s helped me process quite a few life lessons.
- I’m grateful for my community of friends and family (online and in person) that have helped me have hope and joy and connection.
- I’m grateful for HOPE because even in the midst of pain and problems hope says it won’t always be this way.
- I’m grateful for my Savior because He has good things for me and my family. Knowing that God loves my children more than I do which makes me feel like I’m resting in a hammock on the beach in Fiji. It also reminds my neurotic brain that it’s not up to me to do it all and save the world.
Oh and I’m oh so grateful for these photos Meghan Brandlund took of my family. She captured this time in my motherhood so well and for that I will cherish them forever.
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