Appreciating life when it sucks

Appreciating life when it sucks seems perverse, right? Wrong. Research shows that the practise and experience of gratitude not only brings joy but induces a sense of relaxation, improves immune function and lowers blood pressure. And this is very good news for me at the moment.

I’m usually a glass-half-full (even overflowing) kind of person, but in recent days I have to admit to feeling life is pretty sucky. Like so many of us, it feels like all the hard work throughout 2019 and all the carefully crafted plans which should have been coming to fruition in 2020, are kaput and I’m left thinking ***?!!!

And, like so many others, it’s been really difficult to escape the consistent negative energy from TV reports and social media – the constant barrage of drama, blame and conspiracy theories at every turn… none of which has been doing my state of mind or my physical state of being any damn good at all! I’ve found it exhausting.

Then, scrolling through my Facebook feed (I know, I know...) up popped a post by Kate Deering, sharing her appreciation with a caption by Neale Donald Walsch:


The struggle ends when gratitude begins


It made me stop and think… hard. Inspired by Kate, I sat down and reflected on my situation and I’d like to share the appreciation I’m feeling at the moment.


For TIME – appreciative of the time to think, to reflect, to go within, to feel, to envision.


For CALM – grateful for the calm away from telephones, appointments, Zoom meetings, deadlines.


For PEACE – appreciative of the peace and quiet in my home, neighbourhood and shops.


For FOOD – thankful for the freshly cooked, nourishing, real food on my plate and the time to enjoy it mindfully.


For FAMILY – so, SO thankful for their health and safety – how precious they are and how much I love them all.


For READING – grateful for the opportunity to read all the books and book-marked articles.


For NATURE – so, SO grateful to live in an area where I can walk in Nature peacefully – and responsibly.


For CREATIVITY – thankful for the time re-establish activities left on the back burner in a life of busy-ness.


For FRIENDS & COLLEAGUES – appreciative of their qualities, the love they bring into my life and to see them in good health


For NEIGHBOURS – thankful to see them walk past my window in good health and with a smile and a wave.


For KEY WORKERS – beyond grateful to the many, many categories of self-less, committed and kind people who are putting themselves at risk and keeping this country going with some kind of meaning. God bless you and keep you all safe.


For THOSE WHO’VE LOST LIVELIHOOD – deeply appreciative of their enforced sacrifice of livelihood, businesses and incomes so that others may stay safe. God bless you all and restore your circumstances speedily.


For YOU ALL – genuinely appreciative of each and every client and each and every one of you. Thanking you for your support over these years and wishing hard that each and every one of you, wherever you are in the world stay safe and keep well.


I offer up this Iroquois Prayer of Gratitude:

We return thanks to our mother, the earth, which sustains us.
We return thanks to the rivers and streams, which supply us with waters.
We return thanks to all herbs, which furnish medicine for the cure of our diseases.
We return thanks to the corn, and to her sisters, the beans and the squashes, which give us life.
We return thanks to the wind, which moving the air has banished diseases.
We return thanks to the moon and the stars, which have given us their light when the sun was gone.
We return thanks to the sun, that he has looked upon the earth with a beneficent eye.
Lastly, we return thanks to the Great Spirit, in whom is embodied all goodness, and who directs all things for the good of his children.


For ALL the above I truly am grateful. 

Izabella Natrins

I'm here to inspire and support women at midlife and beyond to re-ignite purpose and meaning to take back control of their health and create the radical, resilient heath they want and deserve. As a whole-health expert with over 30 years experience in the field, a qualified Health and Wellness Coach and Ballymaloe-trained nutritional chef, my real food nutrition and lifestyle medicine programmes support women fighting fatigue, struggling with overwhelm, weight gain, sleep, energy and niggling or multiple diagnosed health issues. As an advocate for real food nutrition, regenerative agriculture and whole-health, my book 'The Real Food Solution' is an evidence-based treasury wisdom for energy, vitality and better health for people and planet and a call to action to change the way we grown, source and cook our food. As the CEO at The UK Health Coaches Association, I'm proud to continue the task of leading the first professional association for Health and Wellness Coaches in the world and the gold standard for the UK and Ireland.

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