Sometimes when life is so busy and we get all super stressed, it’s hard to sit back and be thankful for what we have. I know since I became a mom my stress level goes through the roof sometimes! Since starting my blog and my business I’ve become a different person. I’m happier and I’m learning to find ways to appreciate what I have and how I’ve gone. But it takes work! I personally take down a few minutes every day to write on my gratitude journal things that I’m grateful for. And you know what, writing in my gratitude journal helps when I’m feeling a little more stressed than I should be. Read on to know why you need to start a gratitude journal now.
Gratitude Journal vs. Happiness Journal
Gratitude journals are often confused with happiness journals. You may have heard of gratitude journal but decided not to do it because it is usually associated with something spiritual or religious. The idea of a gratitude journal has nothing to do with spirituality or religion.
Benefits of a Gratitude Journal
Improves Mental Health
How does journaling help improve your mental health? By listing things that you are thankful for, you will have a different outlook in life and will help you move out of depression. A gratitude journal can reduce your depression and give you at least one good thing to focus on. That’s amazing, right? That’s one great reason why you need to start a gratitude journal now.
Improves Overall Health
You may not first see how your gratitude journal can help you improve your health but it can and the results will be seen in the long run.
Here’s an example.
You are stressed, you aren’t getting out much, you find yourself alone most of the time, and you are blog. As you start to list the things you are thankful for you, you will start seeing positive things happen. You are no longer focusing on the triggers of your depression. You are starting to look for the things that are good in your day. This will lead you out of the house to find more goodness and gratitude in others. Eventually you will see that you are more active and happier which leads to reduced stress, reduced blood pressure, and a more positive outlook.
When life gets overwhelming or anything that can cause you to be anxious, get your gratitude journal and read all of the things that you have in life. Make it your goal to list a minimum of three things a day. This will help you focus on the positive things in your life.
How has having a gratitude journal helped out. Get one now and start writing.