Having gratitude helps lower levels of stress and anxiety. According to the HeartMath Institute, “The greater your capacity for sincere appreciation, the deeper the connection to your heart, where intuition and unlimited inspiration and possibilities reside.”
Here are a few tips the Institute recommends for practicing gratitude:
Take a break and appreciate; try incorporating two or three breaks throughout the day to pause and appreciate something or someone. A two-minute break will do wonders for your stress levels.
Make a list. Check it all the time. Compile a list of things you appreciate, when you feel the physical signs of stress merely pull out the list and start appreciating. If you are paying attention, you may feel the stress relieving effects right away.
Breathe. If you are having a bad day and you are finding it hard to focus, just breathe. Taking deep, focused breaths and pay attention to your chest rising and falling. After a few, you will be ready to shift your attention away from the stressor and indulge in some gratitude.