Thanksgiving is probably one of my most favourite times of the year. As Arik (my hubby-to-be) would say, it would be our dying meal. But it isn’t just about the food, the crisp air, sweater weather, harvest ale and the colours it’s more than that. So after doing an intensive #grateful hashtag search, I realized I was not the only one. Facebook reports the following notes of gratitude: lovers, ex boyfriends, family, friends, dogs, struggles, God, meals and 4” Louboutin heels (**slow clap salute to the mama who wore them for longer than a couple hours**). But something happens as the evening draws to a close: our bellies turn into pumpkins and an impending doom about the week begins to grow. Our stress levels begin to elevate as our to do list begins to race through our minds. Which begs the question:
What the heck happened to our gratitude?
Gratitude is one of the key elements to surviving in this world and it’s said to turn what we have into enough. It keeps us on even keel and helps to attract more of the good stuff to keep it rolling in. So as you start your short week, here is how to keep that positive vibe through the rest of your week:
True gratitude lies when it is found
And this isn’t only when things are going amazing. In fact, I challenge you to search for gratitude when your week gets bumpy – this is where true gratitude is found. Did your boss just tear into you? Or are your children screaming in the back of your van again? Well then maybe you can be grateful that your boss is giving you an ass kicking to find a new job where you’ll be respected. And thank God your children are screaming because they just don’t want to go to school rather than because they’re starving. Yes, you’ll have to dig deep, but that’s where the good stuff is.
Take your probiotics
Chances are maybe you had too much wine or harvest ale. And while you were cheering joyously the night before, today you’re feeling tender and deflated. So take some probiotics, because if you drank your pretty little face off, you’re gut is likely deficient which can lead to a poor mental state and let’s face it, it’s hard to find gratitude when you feel like poop. So replenish and take 2 capsules at breakfast until you’ve finished the bottle.
Let’s face it, fall is bittersweet but all the gluttony calls for expanding waistlines and mid morning toots as you try to digest. So my solution: Add in a Canadian Bitters herbal tincture. Simply take one full dropper’s worth 10mins before meals and you’ll give your body the digestive juices to shrink the bloating. Plus the contractive nature of bitters will help to root you so you can feel more grounded, secure and yes, more grateful for the body you have.
The short week ahead should not be a stressful experience – in fact, no Monday or start of the week should be.
In my upcoming pay-what-you-can Stress Detox, I’ll be giving you a week of yoga tutorials, financial advice, organizational solutions, nutrition, acupressure and many mental health tools to feel happier and more grounded. It’s all coming up in November, but before we launch it, I’ll be providing a free webinar on how to let go and become stress free on October 23 at 7:30pmEST. This will be a delicious preview of what’s to come for the full Stress Detox.
Interested? Join my tribe and get access details for the webinar on the 21st! Plus you’ll get my free Sexy Smoothies ebook when you do.
In the meantime, yes, it’s Tuesday and the long weekend is over. So dust off your gratitude that you walked into the weekend with, put on those Louboutins (or in my world, my Converse) and strut right on out.
The week is yours.
Make gratitude really count.
And own it.
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