Anti-Stress Hacks: Gratitude as a Meditation and Mindfulness Practice to Decrease Your Stress Levels

If you’ve been meaning to meditate because you’ve heard how great it is for decreasing stress, but you just can’t seem to find the time or patience to sit in lotus position for an hour a day, this is the anti-stress hack for you!

Gratitude: A Mindfulness Shortcut to a Stress-Free Life

Mindfulness, which is a way of meditating, just means being in the present moment. I could go on all day about the health benefits of being present, but first I’d like you to experience the power of this simple practice for yourself, so watch this video and I’ll talk you through this quick and easy gratitude practice for reducing stress!

Meditate and have fun at the same time!

If you think meditation is boring, think again! By really immersing ourselves in the present moment – sights, sounds, colours, textures, scents – we get all the great benefits of meditation while enjoying our lives more. If there was ever a win-win situation, this is it!

Appreciating everything around us helps us to calm down and worry less. And it can even improve our relationships with the people we care about most. It’s too easy to get caught up in daily stresses and forget how much we love the people we share our lives with. When we slow down to appreciate what we have, it’s easier to connect and share good times together.

Two Ways to Practice Gratitude to Reduce Stress

Taking a few minutes to stop and smell the roses is a quick and fun mindfulness practice to reduce your stress levels.

This sneaky mindfulness technique is great for getting you out of your head and into the present moment. Use it when your thoughts are going round in circles and you’re stressing yourself out by thinking about your problems. It’s pretty much impossible to feel worry and gratitude at the same time, so if you want to stop worrying, start appreciating!

Appreciating something in your immediate environment: pick something beautiful or something that makes you happy, such as a plant, a work of art, the sky, or your own hand. Give it all your attention, noticing all the tiny details of colour, shape, and texture. Allow yourself to really feel happiness and gratitude for this thing.

Appreciating a person, place, or thing that you love: close your eyes and bring into your mind’s eye someone, somewhere, or something that you love. Imagine them in as much detail as you can. Feel grateful that they exist, letting your heart expand with happiness. Let that gratitude colour the rest of your day.

Appreciate what you have

I challenge you right now to take a look around and find something to appreciate. Then leave me a comment and tell me how it changed your day!

Your health ally,


Moss Andrewes is an acupuncturist and practitioner of Traditional Chinese Medicine, specializing in women’s health and chronic illness. Originally from the UK and now residing in Canada, she is a writer, speaker, and event organizer, focusing on health, sustainable living and community. Her lifelong passion for making the world a happier, healthier place has led her through many adventures, including off-grid sustainable living, disaster relief, and various community health projects. She currently lives in Winnipeg, Manitoba, with her partner and two cats.

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