Gratitude Thread

Dan

Proud Member
Hi everyone. I struggle sometimes to stay happy, do you?. I have anxiety and the biggest cause of that is change. Everyday I have a longing for comfort, routine and familiarity. When things suddenly change such as, breaking up with a partner, moving house and even sometimes being out of the house for too long, my anxiety will flare up and/or I will get low, lost and even lonely. Sometimes I do even find myself feeling lonely in the presence of others, often at parties and other social gatherings. I can identify that I have some pretty big attachment issues, I feel lost and lonely today since my girlfriend just broke up with me (completely peacefully, she's really, really struggling with her own mental health at the minute and she is struggling to get out of bed, let alone carry the pressure and responsibility that comes with a romantic relationship, especially in the middle of a global pandemic. - There was no drama or discourse at all is what I am trying to explain) and even though we had only been together for 2 months, I feel lost and anxious knowing that we aren't going to video call and watch Netflix tonight (Which, of course is a pretty normal way to feel after a breakup. In fact I feel good, in comparison to my last breakup with a girl I was with for 2 and a half years and lived with. Boy, that was rough.) However, I still recognise that I project and have a subconscious belief that another person will solve this longing I have to feel safe and comfortable, when in reality it's a lack of connection to myself and not the absence of a relationship with another person but rather the absence of a relationship with myself.

I want to grow. I want to know who I am and more importantly, love who I am and be comfortable with being with me. There are some really important practices that I need to implement in my life to ease anxiety, become comfortable with who I am and feel fulfilled my own actions instead of expecting someone else to fulfill me.

1. Practice gratitude
2. Help other people
3. Be part of a community

I thought I would start this thread to do all three of these things. Let's list off three things that we're grateful for. Whenever you feel down, lost, anxious or in despair, just come onto this thread and make a comment. List three things you're grateful for in your life and talk and console others. It's very important to look after ourselves and each other.

These three things can be anything that makes you happy. They can be materialistic (my laptop, my guitars, my piano), spiritual (God (in which ever form God is to you), meditation, prayer), they can be even simpler (the sky, trees, the sun). Just think of three things and hop back in here to list another three when ever you need too.

I'll start:

I am grateful for:

- My family and friends
- The ability to write and record music
- This community

What about you?
 

Mikky Dee

Staff
Hi everyone. I struggle sometimes to stay happy, do you?. I have anxiety and the biggest cause of that is change. Everyday I have a longing for comfort, routine and familiarity. When things suddenly change such as, breaking up with a partner, moving house and even sometimes being out of the house for too long, my anxiety will flare up and/or I will get low, lost and even lonely. Sometimes I do even find myself feeling lonely in the presence of others, often at parties and other social gatherings. I can identify that I have some pretty big attachment issues, I feel lost and lonely today since my girlfriend just broke up with me (completely peacefully, she's really, really struggling with her own mental health at the minute and she is struggling to get out of bed, let alone carry the pressure and responsibility that comes with a romantic relationship, especially in the middle of a global pandemic. - There was no drama or discourse at all is what I am trying to explain) and even though we had only been together for 2 months, I feel lost and anxious knowing that we aren't going to video call and watch Netflix tonight (Which, of course is a pretty normal way to feel after a breakup. In fact I feel good, in comparison to my last breakup with a girl I was with for 2 and a half years and lived with. Boy, that was rough.) However, I still recognise that I project and have a subconscious belief that another person will solve this longing I have to feel safe and comfortable, when in reality it's a lack of connection to myself and not the absence of a relationship with another person but rather the absence of a relationship with myself.

I want to grow. I want to know who I am and more importantly, love who I am and be comfortable with being with me. There are some really important practices that I need to implement in my life to ease anxiety, become comfortable with who I am and feel fulfilled my own actions instead of expecting someone else to fulfill me.

1. Practice gratitude
2. Help other people
3. Be part of a community

I thought I would start this thread to do all three of these things. Let's list off three things that we're grateful for. Whenever you feel down, lost, anxious or in despair, just come onto this thread and make a comment. List three things you're grateful for in your life and talk and console others. It's very important to look after ourselves and each other.

These three things can be anything that makes you happy. They can be materialistic (my laptop, my guitars, my piano), spiritual (God (in which ever form God is to you), meditation, prayer), they can be even simpler (the sky, trees, the sun). Just think of three things and hop back in here to list another three when ever you need too.

I'll start:

I am grateful for:

- My family and friends
- The ability to write and record music
- This community

What about you?

Thank you for this thread, Dan. It's a beautiful idea! :wub:

You sound like a very sensitive soul, just like my own son, whose name is also Dan. :)


Three things that I feel grateful for (today and always) are:

My good health
My beautiful loving family
My home, which is my sanctuary
 

Dan

Proud Member
Thank you for this thread, Dan. It's a beautiful idea! :wub:

You sound like a very sensitive soul, just like my own son, whose name is also Dan. :)


Three things that I feel grateful for (today and always) are:

My good health
My beautiful loving family
My home, which is my sanctuary

Thank you so much! I am very sensitive, to a fault sometimes :hysterical:
 

Anna

Staff
We use others as keys to unlock positive feelings within ourselves. But you don't need an external key to find peace, love, happiness, or contentment. You are the key and you can unlock those states of being through things like mindfulness, meditation, and practicing gratitude. On that note, this is a lovely thread. Regularly practicing gratitude has all kinds of great benefits.

Today, and every day, I am grateful for:

Krishna
My family
My health. Even though it's not great, it's manageable. For that I am incredibly thankful.
 

Dan

Proud Member
We use others as keys to unlock positive feelings within ourselves. But you don't need an external key to find peace, love, happiness, or contentment. You are the key and you can unlock those states of being through things like mindfulness, meditation, and practicing gratitude. On that note, this is a lovely thread. Regularly practicing gratitude has all kinds of great benefits.

Today, and every day, I am grateful for:

Krishna
My family
My health. Even though it's not great, it's manageable. For that I am incredibly thankful.

This is true, I have horrific anxiety, especially at the moment and I have trying my best to stay spiritual but I am finding it hard. Wouldn't have any tips for connecting with myself would you, as in the real me not the materialistic driven, negative thoughts me but the witness?
 
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