Practicing gratitude is important any time of the year, but it can be especially grounding during the busy holiday season.
Life can be hectic, especially during the holiday season. Family, work, doctor’s appointments, and other commitments can sometimes prevent us from taking a mindful moment. But taking stock of what we’re grateful for can be a great way to ground ourselves.
Practicing gratitude comes with a lot of benefits, like improving your mental health, strengthening your relationships, and even boosting your immune system.
The holidays can provide a great space for relaxation and reflection. For many, it’s a joyous time to celebrate with the ones we love, look back on the past year, and look forward to the new one ahead.
We asked the Bezzy communities what they’re thankful for this year. Here’s what they said.
“I’ve learned to appreciate the things in life I used to take for granted before my diagnosis 2 years ago: Waking up every day, the feeling of sunshine or wind on my face, the sweet taste of my favorite fruits, bird song, the smell of flowers, and each moment.
Most of all, I appreciate the love of my family and friends and the camaraderie I’ve found on this site.” — Sphinx, Bezzy RA community member
“I’m most grateful for my family. It took me years to confide in them about my disease. I was always afraid of burdening my two sons, their wives, and my husband with how awful it is. I let that go and shared my “cross to bear,” and I’m so glad I did. They are so willing to help me, and in time, I began feeling better about asking for help too.
I’m grateful for the little things in life that add up throughout the day. I’m also thankful that when the pain and fatigue get bad, I lay down or rest without feeling guilty like I once did.” — Paula, Bezzy PsA community member
“I am very grateful for my medical team. From doctors to technicians to nurses to all the office staff, I am so thankful for their help keeping me as healthy as possible.” — lesliekogan, Bezzy BC Instagram follower
“I have a Mason jar on my kitchen counter, which I call my Thankful Jar. Every day, I put a post-it note with one thing I am thankful for in the jar. It doesn’t have to be anything earth-shattering. Even just being thankful for a bright, warm day to walk 4 miles. In January, I will empty the jar for the first time since 2019 and start again. It’ll be interesting to read what I wrote this year.” — Christina99, Bezzy BC community member
I’m grateful that I participate in this community that enlightens us all, helps to understand better, and allows us to share our suffering. It reminds us that we’re not alone, that our life is worth fighting for, and to keep doing our best. — Newly, Bezzy IBD community member
Sometimes a little gratitude can go a long way. Even if we’re not exactly where we want to be in life, finding things to be thankful for is healthy for our body and mind.
You’re not on this journey alone. As always, we’re here for you at Bezzy.
Medically reviewed on December 09, 2022
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