Starting Your Gratitude Journal

Writing a gratitude journal is good for your mental health. Research shows keeping a log of what you are thankful for can lower stress and help you sleep better. Plus it forces you to focus on positives rather than negatives.

A gratitude journal is a diary of things which you are grateful for, it’s a great addition to your self care journey as it will give you 10 – 15 minutes each day to sit down and think about what you are grateful for.

Recording positive events at the end of your day and stating why you are grateful for these events can help to reduce your stress levels and give you a greater sense of calm at night which may help with your sleep routine.

The journal will give you clarity on what makes you happy, what is important and what you need more of in life.  It will also highlight what you can cut from your life, it’ll help you focus on what really matters and help you to become more self aware.

So, where do we start?

You’ll need to write in your Journal every night for about 15 minutes and it’s best to do this just before you go to bed.  In the first few weeks it’s a good idea to set an alarm or reminder on your phone so you don’t forget.  Keep your journal by your bed so you will see it and remember to write down what you are thankful for.

Write down as many things as you want in your journal, 5-10 points are a great start, it doesn’t have to be deep and only really needs to contain what you are thankful for and why.  As time goes by it will grow and you will find that you will write and reflect more.

For the first few weeks, try and write in your journal every night after a habit is formed feel free to drop back to every other night.

What to use?

There are a number of different apps that you can use for your gratitude journal, search in your app store and see if there are any that work for you.

As I tend to do a lot of work on my phone and computer I use a hand written diary.

If you’re in Australia, head to Kmart where you are sure to find the perfect journal to begin recording the positives in your life.

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