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The Long Game - Issue #115

Are you grateful for the things in your life, even the circumstances that seem to be awful at the mom
Taylor Somerville
The Long Game - Issue #115
By Taylor Somerville • Issue #115 • View online
Are you grateful for the things in your life, even the circumstances that seem to be awful at the moment? Gratitude is something that is very important to me. However, it wasn’t always. In my 20s and early 30s, I was more on the pessimistic side, but believed I was being a realist. This attitude did not allow me to look for the good in situations. I took people for granted and would focus on the worst outcome possible.
When I started a journal practice, I started a gratitude practice. When I sit down to journal in the mornings, I write down three things I am grateful for. I try to choose something different every day. It can be something small, such as the sound of a bird outside my window or the smell of bacon or it can be something much bigger. When you begin your day with gratitude, it sparks your reticular activating system and your mind will search out things to be grateful for. It brings more peace throughout the day.
If you are struggling, gratitude is even more important. It sounds trite, but a gratitude practice could be what you need to propel you forward in life and help you get through the challenges you experience in life. As I’ve started on this path of entrepreneurship, I am learning to be grateful for the tough times. I have plenty of ups and downs, but these challenges are preparing me for the future and giving me the strength I need. Gratitude and life challenges teach you something about yourself and prepare you for better things to come. Without tough times, the good times wouldn’t feel so wonderful. The journey is what makes life so exciting. I am grateful for all that I am learning, the fun times and the monotonous ones too.
Whether you are struggling or life is grand, find something to be grateful for. Smile and enjoy the journey of life. Let’s go ahead and jump into this week’s links.

Gratitude and a breath practice are two of the top skills on this list to deal with stress. Both of these can help you get out of the downward spiral of stressful situations. As mentioned in the intro, a gratitude practice opens you up to see more joy and to be thankful for what we have instead of worrying about our problems or what we don’t have. A breath practice will bring you back to the present moment, slow the mind and relax the body. Check out the article to find out the rest of the tips to overcome stress.
We all have problems in our lives. How we view our problems determines whether or not we overcome. If we see our problems as learning opportunities to grow, they become more manageable. Changing how we view our problems will open up our mind to finding solutions. We can then break them down into parts and create an action plan towards a solution.
Everyone encounters Avoidance. For example, we know we have a problem or assignment to tackle, but we end up on social media or watching Netflix to distract ourselves. As mentioned in the article, by asking the question, “What am I doing right now?”, it creates awareness that will help get you back on task and change your actions.
In the modern world, we don’t spend near enough time with the older generations. We can learn so much from them if we did, such as focusing on what we have instead of worrying about what we don’t. They also know the importance of resilience and that the bad times in life are inevitable and how you approach them matters. Additionally, you aren’t being singled out when bad things happen to you, they happen to everyone. One of my favorite lines from the article is, “shut down the noise and fears and desires that buffet our days and think about how amazing, really amazing, life is.”
Before I go, here are a few more interesting articles to check out.
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In Health,
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Taylor Somerville

The Long Game is a newsletter for people that want to grow and challenge themselves. It is about the drive to better ourselves mentally, physically, and spiritually while having the curiosity to enjoy the journey. I will include articles, podcast, videos, and blogs on a variety of topics ranging from psychology, fitness, meditation, and nutrition. I am a certified XPT Coach, I hold the Art of Breath certification, I am a CrossFit Level 1 trainer and hold the Aerobic Capacity certficate. Checkout my website to learn more about the services I offer.

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