The year is starting to wind down – can you believe it? And November, with the Thanksgiving holiday, is a perfect time for reflection on what has occurred as well as what we wish for. For almost two years, we’ve been dealing with a barrage of emotions, as well as individual and organizational changes brought on not only by the uncertainties of the pandemic, but layered with what seems like an unprecedented amount of social and political change around the world.
It may seem odd, but Thanksgiving and health tend to go hand in hand because giving thanks is good for our physical and mental health. Studies conducted by the Cleveland Clinic reveal the mind, body, and spirit benefits for practicing gratitude, not only during one season of the year – but every day. As you pause to reflect on what you are grateful for this Thanksgiving, you might consider integrating the practice of gratitude into your daily routine to:
- provide an overall sense of well-being,
- reduce depression and anxiety,
- improve your sleep routine,
- lower your risk of disease, and
- flood your brain with feel-good chemicals such as serotonin.
Not sure how to get started? Here are five ways to build practicing gratitude into your daily routine:
- Keep a Gratitude Journal – Reflect on the good things that are happening in your life first thing in the morning, and then again before you go to bed at night. This practice has also shown that it helps you sleep better as well.
- Say ‘Thanks’ to someone who has made your day or life better in some way.
- Support a Great Cause – Altruism has been shown to improve well-being, health, and longevity. You don’t have to be wealthy – give a little of your time instead.
- Practice Mindful Eating – It’s a potent tool for losing weight, improving your metabolism, and cultivating gratitude. Remember, your brain needs 20 minutes to register that your stomach is full, so eat slowly.
- Take Five – Whenever you’re stressed, try this one-minute technique. Take 5 breaths, inhaling through the nose, and exhaling through the mouth. Slowly count to 5 on each in-breath and out-breath.
As I reflect on what I’m grateful for, it’s a long list that includes gratitude for the clients that have confidence in the solutions my company can bring, the gratitude for the fantastic team we’ve been growing at EMI, and the overwhelming love and support I receive from my family and friends in so many special ways. My wish for your Thanksgiving is that it is a time for peace, reflection, love, and of course, good food! Take care.
And if you’re interested in a really delicious and easy dessert to contribute to the Thanksgiving celebration, check this out – Pumpkin Roll.
This post was written by Debbie King, CEO and Founder of Evolution Management, Inc. (EMI). To learn more about Debbie, check out our team page: https://evolutionmgt.com/our-team/.