Gratitude for Peace and Happiness. - Ariel's World
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Gratitude for Peace and Happiness.

Estimated reading time 5 minutes. 

As I got a little overwhelmed last month, I had to come up with a plan to get my spirit back on track. Being a single mum is hard, and having a 16 month old is hard, and having a child who has additional needs is also hard, but there is so much more in the world that is far harder to bear and I had to stop it with the pity party already! So, I got straight back into my gratitude journal in the evenings and simplified things in my head. I am a person who gets overwhelmed with not having enough time (even though I have plenty of time). I don’t handle tired very well or stress for that matter but these things are a fact of life (especially now with this new lifestyle I have), so its best I start dealing with them. Ariel needs a strong mum and she deserves one.


Here are a few things that have helped me over the last few weeks.


Oprah teaches about Gratitude.


Meditation 5-10 minutes: I do this first thing in the morning. I only do 5-10 minutes so I am not overwhelmed with “not being able to do it” ;). I do the Om chanting and try and focus on the vibrations it makes in my throat and chest. If any thoughts come into my mind I observe them without judgement and let them pass on like clouds passing over the sky. It is simple and it works. I have more patience during the day and don’t over react to things as much.



Stretching 5-10 minutes: I have to do this as I hold all my stress in my neck. I end up with terrible tension headaches if I don’t stretch daily. I do a quick all over body stretch after meditation and focus on my breath.


Power nap 10-15 minutes: As soon as Ariel is down for her nap in the afternoon I too set my alarm for 10-15 mins and have a power nap. There is  much scientific evidence to prove the benefits of this and I find I get more done in the evening and I am not so tired. This one is a must if you can.


Gratitude journal 5-10 minutes: At the end of the day I like to light an Ariel candle and sit down with a cup of tea or glass of wine to reflect on the day. I give thanks for the roof over my head, my job, good food and any other good thing that happened that day. This ensures I always go to bed happy and satisfied. It is so easy to dwell on negative things that happen in the day. It is easy to over blow them. If we focus on the bad then we miss the good things that happen. The simple good things we take for granted. To have gratitude will create more abundance and less want.

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Starting a Gratitude journal was the best thing I have done. My life now has more purpose.


To take 30 – 40 minutes to do these simple things has really helped me. I feel happy and peaceful. I have more patience and most important I am a better mum to Ariel. If I didn’t take these 30 minutes I would end up tired and frazzled and would spend longer that 30 minutes stressing about things that a really not that bad. If you are a person who is easily stressed I urge you to give these a go. Start with one and work your way up. They are so simple yet very effective. If you have any good tips for me please leave them in the comments box. Cheers x


Gratitude ritual

  • Norlin
    Posted at 04:56h, 11 June Reply

    Maybe not an everyday thing to do but going for walks or running (which I know you do) helps a lot, and even something as simple as having a coffee with a friend or two – sometimes I think we need that adult connection just to feel human again. If you know what I mean?

  • Raylene Barton
    Posted at 05:04h, 11 June Reply

    Oh Yes, coffee out with friends is also a must and something I need to remind myself to do. Thanks Norlin x

  • jo
    Posted at 05:58h, 11 June Reply

    There was a reason I opened this post today and read it…because i needed to!!Thank you! ! Feel better already!

    • Raylene Barton
      Posted at 06:08h, 11 June Reply

      Oh I am so glad. 🙂 Thanks for reading Jo. xx

  • Carrie
    Posted at 11:06h, 20 June Reply

    So nice to read this. Lovely ideas to help with stress. I too can get very overwhelmed with stress and being proactive helps.

    • Raylene Barton
      Posted at 11:49h, 20 June Reply

      Thanks for reading Carrie. x

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