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Cue the holiday sales, music, and gift lists.
Aside from the beautiful autumn leaves and the anticipation for the holiday turkey or tofurkey, tis the season to be thankful and grateful for your family, friends, job, etc.
Yet for some reason, thankfulness may come with expectations. These expectations may make you want some form of reciprocation or appreciation for your actions this year. But why have those expectations to begin with when you can find and create appreciation and gratitude within yourself, to yourself, for yourself.
This November, refuse that feeling of expectation and show yourself some gratitude and kindness. In the Put Some Thanks on It challenge, remix your calendar with thankful self-reflection, empathetic self-acceptance, appreciative self-care and grateful self-expression with the following exercises.
“I’m Thankful For” Reflections
Take five minutes out of your morning and evening to write down five things that you are thankful for. This will help you create a mindset of gratitude before you start your day and before you go to sleep.
Empathetic Self-Acceptance Check Ins
Take a few minutes out of your evening and free write your response to this question:
“What part of myself do I need to accept today?”
Empathetic is "showing an ability to understand and share the feelings of another." I know for me that it is easier to express empathy towards others. However, I swear it's like pulling teeth when showing that same love and compassion toward myself. If you have a similar issue, try this exercise on for size.
Appreciative Self-Caring Quotes
Take five minutes in your day to find or create a quote to encourage yourself against the many stresses and road blocks of the day.
Gratefully Self-Expressing Your Goals
Take five minutes out of your morning and write out one goal that you want to accomplish that is solely for you. Whether it's trying out a new restaurant or going to sleep early, act out on that goal as a gift to yourself.