26 Things to Be Thankful For (+ FREE Download!)



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Every year, I host the Gratitude Photo Challenge on Instagram in November, and it's such a fantastic experience every time because it helps me (and anyone else who participates!) to shift my focus to gratitude. This year (for the first time ever!) I've consistently maintained a gratitude journal. I know that's not for everyone (and might even sound a teeeeny bit cliche), but it honestly helps me stay more positive, present, and self-loving.

In particular, on bad days, I've found that the few moments I spend writing in my gratitude journal instantly give me a new perspective and perk me up. (I've been using my Every Day Matters diary as a gratitude journal, and it works sooo well as one. The 2018 version just went on sale in desk and pocket sizes — more to come on those soon, but here's a peek on Instagram!)

Since I know gratitude journaling isn't for everyone, I decided to make a little printable, The ABCs of Gratitude, that might give people who aren't into journaling a quick way to focus on gratitude. I've also made my version (shown above) as a downloadable PDF, too, so if you're on board with my list you can print it out and hang it up as a reminder to focus on gratitude! 

 

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If you download and fill it out, I'd love to see it! Share it with me on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, or Pinterest

(Side note: This little project started just as me playing around with different lettering styles on my iPad, and somehow turned into this! So I hope that it not only inspires you to focus on gratitude, but also to be open to letting things just come about, even if they go in a completely different direction than what you were anticipating! If you're interested in lettering, check out my iPad Lettering with Dani videos!) 

 

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Health Is Wealth : How to Cope When You're Feeling Poorly

 

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For the past nine days, I've had a headache, a dull, persistent pain that will not go away, no matter what I do or what pills I take. The only thing that's brought me any relief is lying on my back with a warm compress on my head, a position that doesn't lend itself well to working, playing, socializing, or pretty much anything. (You might have noticed the Positively Present Picks were missing on Friday. This is why.) It's been an incredibly boring and frustrating time and, to be honest, it's been challenging my positive, present mindset quite a bit. But, of course, it's when we struggle to be positively present that we need positivity and mindfulness the most. 

So, with a throbbing head and an oddly positioned laptop (in order to better balance the compress on my head), I'm going to share all the tactics I've used to cope over the past week or so. 

 

TRY YOGA / MEDITATION. 

I kind of got out of doing yoga for a while, but this week I decided to pick it up again and see if they could help me feel better. It did! I've been doing Yoga with Adriene every day this week, and I really feel like it helps. I also did a little bit of meditating (I struggle with it so much!), and that also helped. I generally am more of a pill taker when it comes to coping with pain, but I'm really starting to see the benefits of holistic, natural activities like yoga and meditating.

 

KEEP A GRATITUDE JOURNAL. 

At the beginning of the year I started using my Every Day Matters diary as a gratitude journal, and it's been so amazing, especially this past week. I know I talk about gratitude a lot, and I know it's kind of a cliché topic in the personal development community, but it really does work. Thinking about all of the things I have and the things that make me happy has been such a useful tactic for a combating The stress of not feeling well.

 

FOCUS ON CAN, NOT CAN'T. 

One of the most important things I've done over the past week is focused on shifting my thoughts from what I can't do to what I can do. Since I've spent most of the week lying down, almost everything I do becomes a small little victory. So, while it was incredibly frustrating not to work all week, instead of focusing on that I would focus on the things I could do, no matter how small. 

 

REST. AND THEN REST SOME MORE. 

I'm a big fan of resting, but it can be frustrating when it's not a choice and you have to rest. Still, rest is so so important and I've done my best to make it a priority this week. Even when I started feeling a little bit better, I did encourage myself to keep resting, and I really feel that resting is some of the best medicine you can give yourself.

 

DO RELAXING THINGS. 

Because I was so stressed about not feeling well, I knew I had to make relaxation more of a priority or I would start to feel panicky at the thought that I might be sick forever. (Dramatic I know, but that's how my mind works!) relaxation is a very individual practice. For me, a book and a bath tub works wonders, but it's important to do whatever feels relaxing to you.

 

ALLOW FOR A MINI-MELTDOWN.

When you're unable to do almost anything, and you have to lie down for days at a time, you're bound to be pretty frustrated. I did my best to stay as optimistic as possible, but I also gave myself a pass to having a little bit of a meltdown. It's OK to get frustrated to cry and to not be 100% positive every second. Allow yourself a good cry, and you'll feel a lot better! 

 

BE OPEN TO NEW SOLUTIONS. 

If you're dealing with something that's not easily fixable, it can be really aggravating when traditional treatments don't seem to work. Over the past week, I've been doing my best to open my mind to new possibilities. Rather than focusing solely on pills, i've been giving essential oils a try. I'm certainly not going to stop following the doctor's orders, but I feel much more open to exploring new solutions as well. An open mind is important in life, and it's extra important in health.

 

I also found a new solution to my inability to write for long periods of time. This whole blog post was dictated into my phone and then copied into the website! Obviously it's not the same as actually writing, at least for me, but it's an example of finding a solution when you can't do what you've always done.

 

PS: If you have any suggestions for coping with chronic headaches, let me know!

   

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