Sure, this message is one you’ve heard before. I’ve blogged about it a few times and I’m sure you’re read many other blogs, books and seen movies about the power of gratitude. It’s a message that doesn’t really get old though. And often, we get so caught up in being BUSY that we forget to take the time to be grateful every single day.
One of the things that I am most grateful for right now is being pregnant. It’s truly an amazing feeling to carry a new life in my belly – as much as I had read about it, heard about it, seeing about it – there is nothing that compares to the actually feeling. It’s all very strange at the same time – because you have very little control with what is going on in your body! The whole thing is an automated process. How amazing is that? Regardless of whether you believe in God, Allah, the Universe – someone made it a truly amazing process that needs little or no help from the mom who is carrying the life.
That’s not to say that pregnant women shouldn’t take extra care of themselves and their bodies during this time. Truly, that is all we are really responsible for. I have been doing my best to stay healthy, continue on my healthy eating regime, remain on-the-wagon (alcohol free) and exercise regularly. The biggest challenge is getting enough rest. I’m not sure if any of the other mommies and mommies to be out there can relate, but things that I would normally recover from quickly, take a few extra days.
For example, I just flew out to Orlando for the weekend, taking an afternoon flight on Thursday and returning Sunday evening. Normally a fairly hectic trip regardless, although this time there were no time zone changes. Heading right back to work and Toastmasters on Monday was WAY too much for me! I was completely wiped out!! It’s taken me 3 nights and 2 full days to feel back to normal. Here’s a secret of pregnancy that I didn’t realize – flying at high altitudes, with greater pressure, can make it very uncomfortable. I didn’t really understand why I felt so uncomfortable on the longer flights until a flight attendant explained that the pressure can be very uncomfortable for pregnant women. I am glad I am staying on solid ground until after she is born.
So,what can you to do remember to be grateful every single day? Here are a few suggestions:
- The Secret Gratitude Book – this is an excellent daily reminder to be grateful
- Create your dream board and post it at the foot of your bed. That way you wake up and can be grateful for all of the wonderful things that are manifesting in your life.
- Use Thoughtspots on your mirror to remind you.
- Take a look at who you are waking up beside or who’s sleeping in the next room and be grateful that they are in your life. This can be a partner, spouse, child, pet or another family member.
- Smile more! It’s always easy to be grateful when you’re smiling.