Feeling anxious? It’s no surprise. According to Anxiety and Depression Association of America, 40 million adults in the US suffer from anxiety disorders, making it the most common mental illness. The likelihood that you or someone you know is battling with some form of it, especially as the holidays approach, is tremendous. If it is part of your life, perhaps the holidays have become a mixed blessing of happy memories and a struggle to keep your feelings at bay. Knowing that so much can contribute to anxiety, we want to start by developing a practice of combating it with the simple and beautiful act of gratitude.
You too? Here are 3 resources to help:
- This guided meditation on gratitude from Deepak Chopra
“If you are holding onto any grief, resentment, or pain this holiday season, this short meditation will help you on the path to let go and move on.” As we enter a time that is both a happy affair and a sometimes stressful season, this guided meditation from Deepak Chopra and Sonima is a great way to prepare.
- This experiment in gratitude that has the ability to boost your holiday happiness, from SoulPancake.
A great step in your practice of gratitude is putting it into action and science can prove that the act has something to contribute to your overall happiness. Check out this sweet experiment from SoulPancake to inspire you to redirect your mind from anxiety to the things that bring you the most joy.
- These 3 gratitude exercises that are simple to do and calm your heart.
It’s one thing to know you shouldn’t be anxious. It’s another thing altogether to beat anxiety when it starts to creep up. We loved these exercises because they are simple and effective techniques to help set new patterns in your mind for the times that are overwhelming.