The Covid-19 pandemic has been a challenge for us all.
We have all been in this together since BC declared a public healthy emergency on March 17th. Regular life as we have all known, was put on hold as the province worked to control the spread.
I started a new position in Indigenous health communications the week before the emergency. It was overwhelming and exhausting, but I kept reminding myself that while everything was uncertain and difficult, I was grateful for the new job, front line workers, my family, stand up comedy specials on Netflix and many many other things. Without knowing it, I was practicing gratitude everyday and it made everything easier as time went on.
A study by UC Berkeley confirms that expressing gratitude improves mental health over time, decreases negative emotions, and has lasting effects on the brain without being externally expressed.
By asking ourselves, “what am I grateful for?” we have the power to improve our mental well-being according to UC Berkeley’s 2017 study.