Gratitude Routine

Heather ClarkUncategorized

“Cultivate the habit of being grateful for every good thing that comes to you, and to give thanks continuously. And because all things have contributed to your advancement, you should include all things in your gratitude.”

― Ralph Waldo Emerson

Gratitude changes everything

I remember hearing about Gratitude from watching the Oprah Winfrey show many years ago. She talked about a Gratitude journal.  It took me years of hearing about it before I dove in and gave it a try…and I think it was when my life was full on in the ditch…and I needed a way to get out.


Journaling was never something that I loved. It seemed that the only time I ever wrote in a journal was when my life was taking a turn for the worst. It was a place for me to vent about my feelings when I didn’t know where else to go. I didn’t have a solid support system to share my feelings…hence the feeling like I was in a ditch. I know now that having that support system keeps me from the deep ditches. That doesn’t mean I don’t have bad days or tough times it just means that I have a place to share my thoughts and feelings.

So, whether you journal by writing down your thoughts or feelings or share them with a supportive circle or friend it’s important to get your feelings out.


So where does Gratitude fit into all of this. I have found that when I started to not only be grateful for every little thing but to write it down, I was able to be still enough to really think and feel it. Just saying I am so grateful for you, or that “thing” feels good but writing it down allows me and hopefully you to really feel it in your heart.

I don’t know about you, but I am your Typical woman (I think) that will start something awesome and never seem to finish it.

But how about if I made gratitude and writing what I am grateful for a part of my daily ritual or routine?


My day without a routine is a mess! Nothing really gets done and I feel scattered, ungrounded and tired at the end of the day. When I infuse gratitude into my routine, I feel energized and seem to get my work done so much faster and from a place of love…from my heart.


Doing things from my heart is my favorite place to do them.  When you have a brain injury, working from your heart levels the playing field.  I don’t have to worry about thinking about what to do…. I just do it.


So, for the past week, I have re-started my Gratitude journaling. I wake up every morning with my usual cuppa green tea and before I turn on my phone or computer to see what the day holds for me, I grab a pen and paper and begin to write.  I make sure that I pick 3 people (fur people count) and write a few words or more about how grateful I am for them in my life and then I think of any other things that I am grateful for.


Remember some days writing will come easy and others just getting out of bed and remembering to write may be the only thing you can find to be grateful for.  Be gentle with yourself. This isn’t a test. It’s a place to go to be in your heart.


Once you have taken the time to write a few sentences or pages, then it’s time to write out a few things you’d like to accomplish for the day….and don’t forget to be grateful for what you accomplished yesterday.


I’d love for you to try this and let me know how you feel.


And, of course, I always have oils with me when I write and work. Oils can help me get into my heart and can deeply support my emotions and well-being. Having a diffuser nearby or putting a drop in our palm and circling the oil around and then cupping it over your nose and breathing it in can help you to have an amazing day. It can help you get grounded and centered.


Have you heard of the oil called Gratitude?  Gratitude Essential Oil was blended to quiet down, soothe, and elevate the mind while bringing relaxation to the body.


This blend promotes the emotions of gratefulness, thankfulness and appreciation. When we concentrate on the things we are grateful for instead of the things that we are stressed about, then we open ourselves up to receiving more of our gifts; and things flow better when our heart and mind are open.

There are over six therapeutic grade essential oils in Gratitude! They are listed below along with a brief description of each oil.

  • Frankincense Essential Oil(Boswellia carteri) is high in sesquiterpenes which stimulates and oxygenates the limbic system of the brain which helps to elevate our mood and helps us relax (overcome stress).
  • Myrhh Essential Oil(Commiphora myrrha) is a very powerful antioxidant; is supportive of healthy skin.
  • Ylang Ylang Essential Oil(Cananga odorata) has a long history in skin and hair care products, particularly in Asia, where it is used to promote healthy, luxuriant hair. It also restores confidence and equilibrium.
  • Balsam Fir Essential Oil(Abies balsamea)  traditionally used to sooth muscles after exercise; the warm aroma of balsam fir soothes and rejuvenates body and mind. Known for supporting healthy respiratory system*. Diffusing it energizes the mind yet relaxes to the body.
  • Geranium Essential Oil(Pelargonium graveolens) helps you relax and supportive to healthy skin! Used traditionally to support the circulatory and nervous systems, a great deal of its strength lies in its ability to revitalize body tissues*.
  • Bergamot Essential Oil(Citrus bergamia) The essential oil has a calming aroma which relaxes the mind and body. It has a long history of use for oily and troubled skin.
  • Coriander Essential Oil(Coriandrum sativum) has been used since Ancient Egypt. It may support healthy digestive and circulatory system functions and has been studied for the support it may offer to a healthy pancreas*.
  • Northern Lights Black Spruce Essential Oil(Picea mariana) is grounding yet uplifting inspiring us to reach the sky and live our potentiality.
  • Vetiver Essential Oil(Vetiveria zizanioides) brings you back to nature. It is a grounding oil and is one of the oils that is highest in sesquiterpenes, Vetiver was studied by Dr. Terry Friedmann for improving children’s behavior. Vetiver may help when coping with stress and to recover from emotional trauma and shock.

From Harvard Medical School definition of Gratitude: “a thankful appreciation for what an individual receives, whether tangible or intangible. With gratitude, people acknowledge the goodness in their lives … As a result, gratitude also helps people connect to something larger than themselves as individuals – whether to other people, nature, or a higher power” 

 Remember to be grateful, one day and one drop at a time…… Heather