Sunday, August 19, 2012

Gratitude List: Grateful = Healthy

Have you been going through some tough times? Feeling very angry, scared, depressed, anxious, or jealous? Are these emotions overloading you and making you feel incapacitated? While healthy and normal in small amounts, if these emotions are out of balance it can certainly lead to some obvious mental and psychological issues, as well as physical issues like high blood pressure, higher cortisol levels, increased bodyfat storage, excess muscle breakdown, decrease in energy, and decreased workout performance. If you have an addiction, these unchecked emotions may cause you to pick up again.

I know I personally have been very selfish and always on the lookout for #1 in the past, and it doesn't help anyone including you. Part of my selfishness has stemmed from lack of gratitude for all the things I do have, and I often need to remind myself of all the great things I have in my life by filling out a gratitude list daily.

A gratitude list reminds you of everything you have to be thankful for, and takes you out of yourself and your problems for a bit. You can keep one online, in a journal, or just use any spare piece of paper. Depending on how you feel and how much time you have, you write down each day things that you are glad you have in your life either that day specifically, or just life in general. I guarantee it will be a tool to help make you feel better. They have even done studies that just writing a gratitude list can lower blood pressure by over 10 points! Now that is powerful, and frugal!!

My Birthday Gratitude List (8/20):
-Happy to be alive, healthy, and sober
-Ability to pray to my Higher Power and go to Church
-A roof over my head, bed to sleep in, and car to drive
-Family's unconditional love and support
-Support and understanding from friends and roommates
-Great online support
-Chewie the cat!!
-Free Support groups
-The company and members of FitFluential
-My past and present personal training, social media, and pet care clients
-Everyone who has ever helped me out and given me a second (or third, fourth...) chance
-The ability to help others

There are clearly more things that I am missing but the point is I'm so thankful for everything I have had and do have in my life, and glad to be on the right side of the grass.

So try and keep up with your gratitude lists and journal every day and focus on the things you do have, and not the things you lack.

  Stay Frugal & Fit My Friends!
Michael J. Schiemer B.S. CPT
Owner of FRUGAL FITNESS Worldwide Wellness & Elite Cheapskate 
Owner & Personal Trainer of RESULTS Private Fitness Boston, MA
Author of The Frugal Diet, The Frugal Workout, & The Ultimate Fitness Guide Series  FRUGAL FITNESS TV Twitter Facebook Fitness eBooks

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