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Wellness
Published Wednesday Oct 30, 2019 by Paula Hoss

9 Unique Ways to Practice Gratitude

Personal Growth
Fitness
Meditation

If you’re like me, you’ve participated in your fair share of gratitude challenges, lists, and journals. I’ve found lists and journals difficult to stick to because it’s hard to see any impact as a result of my actions.
 
On the other hand, some studies show the deep and lasting benefits of approaching our lives from a grateful perspective—so we should probably be practicing gratitude in some way, shouldn’t we?
 
I’ve found the most powerful way to see results from a grateful mindset is to take those words off the paper and into the real world. Rather than simply writing down what I’m grateful for, I try to help others, connect with my community, and intentionally reflect on my blessings.
 
Check out these nine ways you can practice gratitude through action:

Make time to volunteer.

Volunteering connects us to other people, takes us out of our comfort zone, and helps us appreciate the things we have. Whether you choose to help with meals at a local shelter or help a friend move, gifting your time is a valuable way to bless others.

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Make time to volunteer.

Volunteering connects us to other people, takes us out of our comfort zone, and helps us appreciate the things we have. Whether you choose to help with meals at a local shelter or help a friend move, gifting your time is a valuable way to bless others.

Do an act of kindness.

Even the tiniest acts of kindness can cheer up someone else’s day, along with your own. Try paying for someone else’s coffee, picking up something someone dropped, or holding the door and sharing a smile.

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Do an act of kindness.

Even the tiniest acts of kindness can cheer up someone else’s day, along with your own. Try paying for someone else’s coffee, picking up something someone dropped, or holding the door and sharing a smile.

Take a tech sabbath.

Technology is a part of our everyday life, but it’s also been shown to increase stress and anxiety. Commit to a time every week where you completely disconnect. I personally put my phone on airplane mode every Sunday and am intentional in spending the day, unplugged, with my family and friends.

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Take a tech sabbath.

Technology is a part of our everyday life, but it’s also been shown to increase stress and anxiety. Commit to a time every week where you completely disconnect. I personally put my phone on airplane mode every Sunday and am intentional in spending the day, unplugged, with my family and friends.

Say “thank you.”

Go out of your way to really say thank you to someone. Instead of just saying the words, make an effort to tell them that you appreciated what they did, how it helped you, and that they did a great job. Extra grateful? Try writing a thank you note!

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Say “thank you.”

Go out of your way to really say thank you to someone. Instead of just saying the words, make an effort to tell them that you appreciated what they did, how it helped you, and that they did a great job. Extra grateful? Try writing a thank you note!

Create a gratitude collage.

Imagine if your gratitude journal and vision board had a baby that gave you all the warm and fuzzies. Grab a friend, a pile of magazines, and create a visual representation of all the things you’re grateful for.

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Create a gratitude collage.

Imagine if your gratitude journal and vision board had a baby that gave you all the warm and fuzzies. Grab a friend, a pile of magazines, and create a visual representation of all the things you’re grateful for.

Write a positive review for a small business.

Did you know that online reviews of a small business can completely make or break their success? If you’ve had an amazing experience with a small business, anything from a restaurant to a fitness studio, take a few minutes to write a Yelp, Facebook, or Google review. It’s guaranteed to make the owners smile.

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Write a positive review for a small business.

Did you know that online reviews of a small business can completely make or break their success? If you’ve had an amazing experience with a small business, anything from a restaurant to a fitness studio, take a few minutes to write a Yelp, Facebook, or Google review. It’s guaranteed to make the owners smile.

Bring a friend a meal.

We’ve all had a friend that went through a hard time, and you couldn’t figure out how to help them. I encourage you to drop off a meal for them. Ask them if they have any allergies or aversions, and bring them something good to eat. The key to anyone’s heart is a good meal, and you’re sure to feel amazing afterward, too.

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Bring a friend a meal.

We’ve all had a friend that went through a hard time, and you couldn’t figure out how to help them. I encourage you to drop off a meal for them. Ask them if they have any allergies or aversions, and bring them something good to eat. The key to anyone’s heart is a good meal, and you’re sure to feel amazing afterward, too.

Pause before you eat.

Take a few seconds before meals to reflect on the fact that you have access to delicious, nourishing food. Whether it’s saying grace with your family, or a few moments of quiet meditation, reflecting on the joys of a delicious meal is sure to improve your mood.

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Pause before you eat.

Take a few seconds before meals to reflect on the fact that you have access to delicious, nourishing food. Whether it’s saying grace with your family, or a few moments of quiet meditation, reflecting on the joys of a delicious meal is sure to improve your mood.

Honor something bigger than yourself.

We all know we’re not the center of the universe, but it’s easy to forget that when we’re feeling stressed or anxious. Spend time reflecting on the intricacies of the universe, the beauty of nature, and the fact that most of the time, things do turn out okay. Let go a little and breathe a sigh of relief.
 
Hopefully, these unique and actionable ways to practice gratitude inspire you to move beyond your gratitude journal and into the real world. By connecting with people and the world around us, we can not only grow personally, but also help others and improve our community.
 
Happy gratitude-ing!
 

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Honor something bigger than yourself.

We all know we’re not the center of the universe, but it’s easy to forget that when we’re feeling stressed or anxious. Spend time reflecting on the intricacies of the universe, the beauty of nature, and the fact that most of the time, things do turn out okay. Let go a little and breathe a sigh of relief.
 
Hopefully, these unique and actionable ways to practice gratitude inspire you to move beyond your gratitude journal and into the real world. By connecting with people and the world around us, we can not only grow personally, but also help others and improve our community.
 
Happy gratitude-ing!
 

Paula Hoss
Written by
Paula Hoss
Founder | CLN&DRTY Natural Skincare
About the author
The founder of CLN&DRTY Natural Skincare, Paula Hoss is a mental health and substance abuse recovery advocate. Featured in Beauty Independent and Brit + Co, she lives in Massachusetts with her husband, two children, and a flock of chickens.
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Fitness
Published Wednesday Jul 28, 2021 by Bree Lewis

Sweat Redemption: 5 Tips for Getting Back Into Your Hot Yoga Practice

Yoga
Fitness
Expert Advice

If you’ve ever taken a hot yoga class, you know it’s always going to be one thing—outrageously hot. Not the “let’s hang by the pool and get that sun-kissed glow” kind of hot either. I’m talking that “I can't believe I have this much sweat in my body” and “I may or may not pass out” kind of hot. It’s nothing to mess around with, and after a year or so of not being able to go, it’s easy to forget just how serious that heat can be.

To get the maximum enjoyment and benefits out of your heated yoga classes, you need to prepare yourself before and take care of yourself afterward. Luckily, I’ve been taking some classes (sweating enough for the both of us) and I’ve listed my five favorite must-dos to help you readjust to your heated classes and get back to the hot yoga summer that we all want.

1. Go at your own pace

Heated classes are difficult in nature. The normal difficulty of regular poses is mixed in with the added challenges of sweating and dealing with the humidity and the heat (at times, I’ve seen the thermostat climb to 108 degrees—yikes!). Depending on what type of yoga class you’re taking (sculpt, Bikram, power vinyasa), the difficulty level and temperature are going to vary. It’s also important to remember that each person in the room is going to practice in a way that’s unique to them. Hours slept, hydration levels, food intake, and different lifestyles are all contributing factors that make our practices different. What you practice on your mat is your own––trust your body and only do what feels right to you.  And remember, it’s okay to take breaks!

2. Hydrate like your life depends on it (honestly, it might)

The rise in temperature mixed in with the humidity that we all know and love creates the perfect recipe for sweating—like A LOT. You go into a heated class dry and come out feeling like you just took a dip in the pool. Before heated classes, I had no idea it was physically possible to sweat that much. If you’re going to a heated class, especially after a long break, it’s easy to forget just how much you might sweat. Is it possible to lose that much water if you haven’t consumed it first? Trust me, going into your heated class super hydrated is going to make a world of difference and help you feel good throughout your practice. And don’t forget to take some sips of H2O while you’re practicing!  

3. Nourish your body

Heated classes are challenging, but I can’t stop going. Nothing quite compares to overcoming the challenge— and experiencing the cleanse my body feels after I’m done. It’s the perfect blend of hard and rewarding, but I couldn’t do it if my body wasn’t properly nourished. On the days I know I have a heated class booked; I like to make sure I am eating right. I make sure to take my vitamins and fuel my body with fruits, vegetables, and my favorite superfood shake. I hold off on food about an hour before my practice, so I feel comfortable. After the class, I like to replenish with a big protein shake (boosted with collagen to aid with muscle recovery and skin elasticity). There is no one-way path for properly nourishing your body but making sure you’re fueled for the challenge of a heated class is essential for getting the most out of your practice and feeling good on and off your mat.

4. Replenish those electrolytes

Increasing and maintaining your water intake on the days you take a heated class is important, but sometimes you need something a little extra. If you’re sweating that much, you’re basically an athlete (at least in my book) and if you’re performing like a rockstar yogi, you need to hydrate like one as well. That means replenishing those lost electrolytes. Reward yourself and your body for the hard work and treat yourself to your favorite drink. I switch off between electrolyte-boosting drinks and coconut water depending on what I’m in the mood for that day. Adding these to my post-practice self-care routine has helped me feel more hydrated after and ready to take on the world again after especially sweaty classes.

5. Bring the right equipment

Usually, a yoga mat is all you need for your practice––but heated classes are a different ballgame. I’ve gone with just a mat, and I’ve slipped all over the place. Let me tell you, there’s nothing worse than having sweat drip all over the place while you’re trying to hold a pose that makes you grip your mat for dear life (never again). Make sure you bring a towel to place over your mat, this will help with support and grip. Bringing a smaller towel is also a good idea. You can use the smaller towel to dry yourself off during water breaks or whenever you’re feeling just a bit too sweaty. This is a small step that makes a world of difference during those super-hot classes.

So, there you have it. Five of my favorite tips (more like lifesavers) that have helped me readjust to those heated classes I love so much. Getting back into it is a challenge for us all, so know you’re not alone. No matter where you’re at in your practice, remember to be kind and gentle to yourself––celebrating your health and your body’s ability to do what you love. We’re all just getting back out there, together.

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Written by
Bree Lewis
Marketing Content Associate
About the author
Born and raised in a small mountain town just south of Yosemite National Park, Bree is an avid lover of health, wellness, and connecting to the outside world around us. As a Cal Poly English major alumn, she has a knack for books, writing, and all things words. In her free time, she enjoys being outside, drinking craft beers, and keeping life jazzy!