Written by Katie McLaughlin, LPC, CCATP
There have been so many headlines recently, and really over the past year, that elicit concern, fear, anger...you name it. It can be hard to get away from the challenges this world brings as we face life in our respective societies. Sometimes these challenges sink into our being without us even being aware of it happening. You may find yourself feeling increasingly irritable, sad or anxious without really understanding why. And of course these difficult emotions so often lead us to project unfair reactions onto those we care about most.
It can be a vicious cycle.
Additionally, our incredible and protective brains take in these challenges and tragedies and make us focus on them even more. This negativity-bias was intended to be helpful, but really it leads us to being in our own world of despair. It's like tunnel vision and makes it challenging to see the good that is happening as well. To honor this process while also giving your nervous system a break, I created this 10 minute gratitude practice.
My hope is for this practice to be a reminder of the good in your life, even when it's hard to find.