Gifts we already have in front of us VS stress and anxiety

Most people experience stress and anxiety from time to time. Stress is any demand placed on your brain or physical body. People can report feeling stressed when multiple competing demands are placed on them. The feeling of being stressed can be triggered by an event that makes you feel frustrated or nervous. Anxiety is a feeling of fear, worry, or unease. It can be a reaction to stress, or it can occur in people who are unable to identify significant stressors in their life.

40 gifts we already have in front of us to help with stress and Anxiety

  1. A quiet morning.
  2. A hug from someone you love.
  3. Sipping a warm cup of coffee or tea.
  4. Reading a few pages in one of those good books on your bookshelf.
  5. Learning a new skill all by yourself.
  6. Feeling the burn after a power-walk around the block.
  7. A child’s laughter.
  8. Someone special wanting your attention.
  9. Being able to sit with a true friend, comfortably in silence.
  10. Laughing at old family photos.
  11. The moment just after the front door shuts and you suddenly have the whole house to yourself.
  12. Walking around your home and admiring it right after you finish cleaning it up.
  13. The smell of a home-cooked meal.
  14. Throwing food up in the air and catching it in your mouth.
  15. Listening to a song that moves you.
  16. When you make eye contact with someone from across the room and you both automatically smile.
  17. Having an interesting conversation with a complete stranger.
  18. Finding out that others are experiencing the same problem you are experiencing, and finally knowing that you’re not alone.
  19. The satisfying feeling of doing the right thing.
  20. Looking up at the sky on a really clear night and seeing nothing but stars.
  21. That first hint of a cool breeze at the end of a hot summer.
  22. The crackling sound of a fireplace on a chilly winter night.
  23. Getting up quickly to use the toilet in the morning, and then slipping back under the bed covers to the same warm and cozy spot.
  24. Sharing an umbrella with someone else.
  25. The peaceful calm just after a heavy rain.
  26. Walking barefoot in the grass.
  27. Listening to the breeze blow through the trees.
  28. When traffic on the streets is light and you get home faster than usual.
  29. Realizing that you’re in the fastest moving checkout line at the shop.
  30. When a little kid gives you a high five.
  31. The silence in the back of your local city in the morning.
  32. When a stranger offers to take a photo of you and your friends so you can all be in the photo together.
  33. The joy of looking at a picture of yourself and loving it.
  34. When an online video plays without playing an advertisement first.
  35. Achieving a milestone that you’ve gradually and diligently worked for.
  36. Being able to tell someone some genuine good news.
  37. Knowing deep down that you’ve made a difference in someone’s life.
  38. The bittersweet feeling of finishing a really good book.
  39. Sleeping right next to someone you truly love.
  40. Falling asleep as soon as you lay down.


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