One way to lower stress levels and improve your mood is to practice gratitude. According to our partner Omada Health, your brain tends to focus on the negative things surrounding you as a protective mechanism. But if you try to focus instead on what’s going well and what you’re grateful for, your mental and emotional health can really benefit. Studies show that being grateful can help you:
- Feel more optimistic
- Increase your self-esteem
- Reduce stress and anxiety
To help build your resilience during this Mental Health Awareness Month, consider trying this small step from Omada.
Small Step: Focus on Gratitude
Make it a habit:
Note three things you’re grateful for during the day. Encourage your friends or family members to do the same!
Let others know you appreciate them:
An easy way to do this? Just practice saying aloud the compliments that you’re already thinking about others.
Stick with it:
If giving thanks feels cheesy or contrived at first, give it some time. Gratitude is a skill that requires practice.
Omada Health – Stress Awareness Flyer