The human brain is built to react to the negative, psychologists call this the ‘negative bias’. We react more strongly to the bad things we see than the good which can mean that it sometimes it feels like the world is just wholly bad. This isn’t the case though! Within this post, we’ll look at ways to take in and appreciate the beauty and positives of the world around us.
‘A 2014 study published in the Journal of Applied Sport Psychology found that gratitude increased athletes’ self-esteem, an essential component to optimal performance. Other studies have shown that gratitude reduces social comparisons. Rather than becoming resentful toward people who have more money or better jobs—a major factor in reduced self-esteem—grateful people are able to appreciate other people’s accomplishments. ‘https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/what-mentally-strong-people-dont-do/201504/7-scientifically-proven-benefits-gratitude
Go for a Nature Walk
Arguably one of the more beautiful aspects of this planet is the nature that surrounds us. Kent is called the Garden of England because it is home to hills, farmland and cultivated country estates with fruit-filled orchards that cover the area. The White Cliffs of Dover are iconic to those coming to visit the UK from across the channel.
And that is just Kent alone.
Up and down the country there are forests, parks, English Heritage and National Trust sites. Around us is the beauty that makes up nature and one way to appreciate it to go on walks around it, looking at all the intricacies that are on offer.
Keep a Journal
Sometimes it’s hard to remember what to be grateful for, especially when things seem completely hopeless and dreary. by keeping a journal you can use it as a reminder of all to be grateful for on the days where it isn’t looking up.
Want to start a gratitude journal? All you need is a notebook and a pen! I would recommend choosing a notebook that you really like. If you like it then you will be more likely to write in it but also put a lot of positivity into it. Start with listing just 5 things around you that you are grateful for; it could be as simple as ‘I am grateful that I woke up this morning’.
Exercise, Rest and Food
This may sound really basic but they are basics for a reason. The importance of self-care is more than a facemask and a cup of tea (although these are also really good ways to make you feel better).
It’s important to look after the basics as they can really tip the balance about how you feel. If you don’t look after the basics you may feel sluggish and unmotivated to do anything else (speaking from my own experience).