“When eating bamboo sprouts, remember the man who planted them.” Chinese Proverb
I think when stuck in the depths of depression we tend to filter our view and only see the bad things in our lives. Part of the insidious nature of depressive illnesses is that it sucks away your the hope and positivity. Without hope and positivity, recovery is a million times harder. The focus is so much on the negative things in our lives—past trauma, poor self-esteem, eating disorders, self-harm, etc. that we filter out what is good in our lives and in ourselves.
But you, I, indeed everyone can turn this around. A change in attitude. An attitude of gratitude! So, rather than directing our energy and attention to what is wrong in our lives try focusing on what is good and positive. Sometimes it takes time to find something but if you look deep enough I'm sure there will be something good.
I start each day with listing at what I am grateful for in my life: friends, family, anything that puts a smile on my face. It helps bring some positivity into my day. On days that I am particularly down on myself I like to list what I am grateful about me.
My Gratitude list
my handy-woman skills
my ability to cook awesome food
my willingness to help others
my childlike nature
my ability to lean new things
my love of learning
my will to fight
my love of funny things
my ability to see beauty in unlikely places
my optimism about others
my growing ability to love myself and take me as I am
If I am having a "I hate my body" day, I like to think about the things about my body I am grateful for.
I am grateful for
my lovely hair
my strong legs
my feminine figure
my multi-coloured nails
So lets bring on an attitude of gratitude and search for the positive that is there in everyone :)