As we say good-bye to 2020, we are trying to make sense of the things that have happened to us in the last year. Somehow, we feel grateful to have made it through to the finish. With the pandemic already raging, most of us have been thinking about our daily tasks, home-work pressures, and physical and emotional struggles that we fail to remember the simple things of our everyday lives that we should be grateful for. It’s been a tough year, but the gloomy chapters shouldn’t deter us from cultivating appreciation.
There’s still plenty to be thankful for. It’s about time we recognize and celebrate any breakthrough, major or small. Finding the bright hand of any situation and getting a spirit of appreciation would motivate one to get through.
Take this time to stop for a second to take a look at your 2020. Look into your heart and ask yourself this question, “What am I most thankful for this past year? ”.
Are these going to make it to your checklist of gratitude?
Time of quality with the family. It used to be impossible to make time for the family, since everybody is overwhelmed with their careers and their daily lives. But the lockdown constraints have been a chance for us to strengthen our relations with our loved ones, to get us closer to each other.
Relaxation and rest. Although COVID-19 was exhausting, our home-stay set-up helped us to get more rest and more sleep. Take time to spend additional hours by breathing steadily to stabilize the pulse rate and blood pressure, listening to calming songs, taking long walks, catching up on reading or exercising.
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Great wellness. Good health. You may not always be in excellent condition, but the fact that you are still alive and kicking is a great blessing in itself.
Opportunity. If there’s one bright side of this pandemic, it’s the new possibilities that somehow opened up for us-the chance to dedicate time to more important activities, to focus on our daily lives, and to reorganize our thoughts and goals.
Giving health care for our loved ones is a risk we’re not expected to go though. Preparation is the best way to make them stress-free and less afraid of the future. It will actually save lives.
The COVID-19 virus could have helped us understand and change a lot of things in our lives. But note, to maintain your strength, be confident, concentrate on what you can control, and still be thankful.