|Posted on September 21, 2015 at 1:35 PM|
The other day, I was cutting an avocado that was exquisitely perfect in ripeness. The peel came right off in one piece with no effort. If you are familiar with the pain of trying to peel an unripe avocado, you may have a sense of how marvelous this was. I was literally dancing in my kitchen, much to the dismay of my cat, who was watching me warily from behind his food dish. You might be thinking, “Why were you so excited, Emily? It’s just an avocado.” But, it’s not just an avocado. It’s a little moment of happiness that I might have otherwise missed if I had been distracted by worries, my mental “to do” list, or a sad memory. When we feel depressed and anxious, it is strikingly easy to call up memories of negative experiences and to automatically focus on the negative in our daily lives. Positive occurrences may not even register on our radars. Self-care isn’t just about doing positive/pleasant things, it is also about noticing and being aware of the positive. To help build this awareness, proponents of Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy often recommend keeping a daily record of pleasant events and the impact those events have on your thoughts and emotions. This can be a small step in becoming more mindful in your daily life and more holistic in your awareness.