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This is my weekly post where I share what I have been grateful for over the last week.?Being grateful and focusing on the positives of our days and week can lead to better wellbeing, happiness, and can really change our outlook on things.
When you have chronic pain it is extremely important to focus on the positives and the things you are grateful for. Dwelling on the negatives and the things you can?t control can add to your anxiety and stress, and make it even harder to manage your pain. Being grateful is a simple way to try to change your mindset and it soon becomes a habit the more you do it.
I recently did a book review of Betsy Craig’s book Unstoppable: A recipe for success in life and business.?One of Betsy?s principles is gratitude and this?is summed up extremely well in the quote below:
?Coming from a space of gratitude can change your perspective and outlook on life. It causes you to open your eyes and notice the good things happening all around you. It doesn?t mean there won?t be challenges, but they are no longer the focus. Your attention falls on what you do have instead of what you don?t.?
I was inspired to do a weekly gratitude blog post after reading the #FridayFive posts on Milly’s Guide.
Here are 5 of the things I am grateful for this week:
1. I’m grateful that my homegrown tomato plants have been successful. My dad planted the seeds and was going to give the 4 leftover plants to a neighbour. I said I’d take them and try growing them in my porch – we don’t have a greenhouse. They’re not the most healthiest looking tomato plants I’ve ever seen, but they are producing some pretty tasty tomatoes.
2. I finally started making some money on my blog! Not a huge amount, but every little helps, and this is a huge milestone for Notebooks and Glasses. I’m also very very grateful for the Lancaster Red Ale that Miss C bought me to celebrate.
3.?We’ve switched Broadband providers and have moved to Virgin Media. We’ve only had it a few days but I’m very impressed with the service and value for money so far. If anyone is thinking of moving to Virgin, let me know and I can get you ?50 off your bill through their referral scheme – it means I also get ?50 off too. Contact me here.
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4. I’ve had some time this week where I was really wanting to work on my blog (I’ve got so much to do) but I’ve been having a bad pain week. I made sure I put my pain management first and prioritised some rest time and did what I needed do. This included lying down as comfy as possible with my hot water bottle and heat pack, as well as having a good soak in the bath.
5. I’ve featured in the Top 10 UK Chronic Illness Blogs and Websites ?- at number 5! And I proudly get to feature the badge on my page blog. There are some fantastic other chronic pain and chronic illness blogs in the Top 10. Check them out here.
What are you grateful for this week? share in the comments below.
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