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How to shift to living a life of gratitude in Peri menopause and Menopause

Updated: Oct 14, 2023

Menopause can be a tough time, we may feel that we're not enough and our zest for life is slowly ebbing away giving way to bitterness, anger and resentment. Living a life of gratitude involves cultivating a mindset of appreciation and thankfulness. Here are some steps to help you achieve that:

1. Start each day with gratitude: Begin your day by reflecting on 3 things you're pleased about, thankful and happy for. List 3 things in each category. It might be as simple as the sunlight, a bed, water, breathing, 4 walls, clothes on your back, oxygen and on and on.

2. Keep a gratitude journal: Regularly write down things you're grateful for. This practice helps you focus on the positive aspects of your life. Our brains produce 50,000 thoughts daily, of which 70-80% are negative. This means 40,000 negative thoughts that need filtering out. An attitude of gratitude automatically places a filter on our thoughts.

3. Express thanks: Don't hesitate to thank people for their kindness or support. It not only shows appreciation but also strengthens relationships.

4. Practice mindfulness: Pay attention to the present moment and savour it. Mindfulness can help you appreciate the small joys in life.

5. Shift your perspective: When faced with challenges, try to find lessons or silver linings in them. This can help you see even tricky experiences in a more positive light.

6. Volunteer and give back: Helping others can remind you of your own blessings and create a sense of fulfilment.

7. Surround yourself with positive influences: Spend time with people who uplift you and share your gratitude mindset.

8. Limit negativity: Reduce exposure to negative news or people who drain your energy. Focus on what's positive and within your control.

9. Practice self-care: Taking care of your physical and mental well-being can help you be grateful.

10. Reflect and appreciate progress: Look back on how far you've come and acknowledge your achievements, no matter how small.

Practice gratitude often! Living a life of gratitude is an ongoing practice, it will bring you joy, in spite of any circumstances you may encounter.

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