Life can sometimes feel pretty overwhelming; this year, we understand that more than ever. Some days, just dragging yourself out of bed can seem an impossible, insurmountable task, the weight of the world seeming to press down on your shoulders. But with so much doom and gloom assailing us from all angles, how do we keep hold of the little things: those daily pockets of joy that keep us going?
Gratitude journaling is a simple, effective way to remind us of the things that we can be thankful for, and gives you the opportunity to take 5 minutes for yourself each day. From the smallest things, like a good cup of coffee in the morning, to the bigger achievements, like a promotion at work, and everything in-between: there is always something to be grateful for.
Read on to find out how to keep a daily gratitude journal.
1. Choose a pretty notebook
If you’re anything like me, you’ll harbour a slightly irrational love for stationery. Find yourself a beautiful notebook for your gratitude journal, and you’ll feel more motivated each day to fill it with beautiful things.
If you’d prefer to follow a pre-determined structure, you can buy gratitude journals with the sections and instructions already printed inside; if you feel a little more creative, find a blank notebook to personalise.
2. Set aside some time each day for journaling
Whether it’s with your morning coffee, or just before your nightly meditation, make sure to set aside 5-10 minutes each day to dedicate to your gratitude journal. Put your phone away, and make sure you are fully present as you consider all the things you’re grateful for. Turn it into an act of self-love: light some candles, play your favourite music, settle into your favourite spot in the house.
Looking for a relaxing candle? Check out our Apothecary Vegan Soy Candle, in a variety of flavours.
3. Divide your notepad into sections
If you choose to use a blank notepad for your gratitude journal, I’d recommend dividing it into 4 sections:
• The date;
• 3 things you’re grateful for;
• Something you’ve achieved that day;
• The best part of your day / something that made you happy that day.
It’s up to you how much detail you feel you’d like to go into within each section. Feeling super grateful that day? Write paragraphs about all the things or people you’re grateful for! Feeling a little deflated? That’s okay, too – just remember to fill in every section with something, no matter how small.
4. Celebrate the little joys
Some days, nothing seems to go right. Remember on those days to celebrate even the smallest of achievements, like making your bed or getting dressed. It may seem silly, but it’s important to acknowledge even those things that feel insignificant, and to remind yourself that, even on the darkest of days, there is still something to smile about.
5. Read back through previous journal entries
Take some time each day to skim back over your previous entries; this is a great way of reminding yourself of those small pockets of joy which could otherwise have gone unremembered, like receiving a nice message from a friend, or baking a delicious batch of brownies.