Everyone knows there are benefits to being grateful – it boosts our well-being, improves relationships, and helps to combat stress. Many of us forget however to make a conscious effort to be more grateful, and we underestimate the effectiveness gratitude has on our daily lives.
Becoming a newly engaged bride is the perfect opportunity to become more grateful.
1) You’re engaged! That’s definitely something to be grateful for.
2) You’re going to need it! Planning a wedding can be stressful.
3) It’s a great time to start a new habit.
So how will being grateful benefit you as a bride? Because when you are focusing on what is going right and what you are grateful for, you are less likely to worry about what isn’t going so right (because duh, things go wrong). It will allow you to mindfully participate in the wedding planning process and the wedding day itself, making it more blissful, stress-free, and enjoyable.
Here are four things you can do today to become more grateful. I also invite you to join us for our 30 Day Wedding Gratitude Challenge beginning July 1st. Be sure to check back for details.
Start a gratitude journal.
Writing down what you are grateful for every day is a very powerful exercise. At the end of the day, write down three to five things you are grateful for that day. This has been proven to lower stress levels and provides a greater sense of calm. It helps you focus on what really matters and gives you a new perspective on your day. For times when you are feeling not so grateful, read back on your past entries to remind you of your blessings and to get you back on track. Writing in your journal doesn’t have to be a chore – just ten to fifteen minutes of quiet time before bed is all that’s needed to get you in the attitude of gratitude.
Stock up on Thank-you cards.
This is going to be a busy year for your friends and family. They’ll be planning bridal showers and engagement parties, spending money on their dresses and gifts for you, and taking time out of their busy lives to make time to help you with your wedding plans. Stocking up on thank-you cards makes it easy to send a quick note to thank those that are helping with your wedding. Even go as far as surprising your mom with a delivery of flowers or treating your bridesmaids to lunch. No, you don’t have to do this extra stuff, but people who feel appreciated are always going to be happier and will be more eager to help out again in the future. Same goes with your wedding vendors. No, it’s not necessary to send them a thank-you note, but imagine how they’ll go the extra mile for you on your wedding day when they know they are being appreciated. It also makes you feel better when you are in a state of giving thanks.
Practising mindfulness is a great way to focus on the now and will help you to be present in every moment. It calms your mind from all of the clutter and lets you focus on being grateful for what is happening right now. The little things that we can often take for granted are then more appreciated, magnifying the positives in our lives.
Leading a healthy lifestyle has been proven to provide huge benefits – not just the obvious physical benefits, but it has shown to boost energy and improve our mood. Physical activity causes endorphins to flood our brain which improves our outlook and clears our mind so that we are in a better state for being thankful.
Again, don’t forget about our 30 Day Wedding Gratitude Challenge on July 1st. Thirty days of pure thankful bliss that will guide you to a more joyful wedding planning experience. Thirty days to focus on what you are grateful for because it is impossible to feel stressed when you have a grateful heart. 🙂 So mark your calendars for July 1st, purchase a journal (it’s part of the challenge) and be ready to rock some gratitude!