Anxious thoughts are like dark, heavy clouds enveloping your mind. You perceive your life experiences through a haze of low thoughts and emotions, and it feels like your joy is intangible. *Practicing* thankfulness is a gift you can give to yourself, and a powerful method of shifting from your head to your heart. You can't possibly manage all the thoughts that enter your mind, but you can bypass the intellect and begin leading with your heart. It's amazing how our bodies are able to process things more quickly than our minds can. When you focus on your positive memories and experiences, your body returns to that state, and then your mood - and mind - follow suit, becoming realigned.
Start small and keep it simple. Sometimes if we take on too much and attempt to become gratitude experts overnight, we tire quickly. Rather, set aside a few minutes a day to express 3-5 things in any format that speaks to your heart most. Through writing and keeping a journal. Singing. Drawing. Dancing. Also, try looking for not only the "big" things but for the "small" things too - meeting a kind person on your way to work, a smile from a stranger, the driver who patiently waited for you to park and even gave you a warm wave as he passed by. You may discover that you're thankful for much more than you realized before. –
Moving into a mindset of appreciation changes everything, and you'll notice a shift in your inner script. To be successful at this though, it requires a bit of time, practice, and repetition. As the cycle of negative mental patterns are repaired and reshaped, positive neural pathways are created, and the past, present, and future take on a new form.
Choose to see the blessings you have and to find the (hidden) positive lessons in your challenges. You know, you're wiser and stronger because of them. The more you dig deep in your heart, the more your mental fog will lift, and the more, you'll open to the joy in your JOurneY! Oh, and you'll be grateful you made that choice too.