– Melody Beattie
Here on the Endpaper Blog, we often talk about the myriad of benefits that come with journalling. Firstly, keeping up the ritual of daily writing has great advantages for budding and even established writers. And secondly, journalling can have an immensely positive impact on one’s mental and emotional health.
Journalling can take many forms, from helping to organise your daily routines, to clarifying your thoughts or documenting your experience as you travel the globe.
Positive Vibes Only
A vital part of maintaining your mental health is cultivating a positive outlook in life. Keeping a gratitude journal is one of the best steps you can take in appreciating and identifying the things in your life that you are thankful for. There’s even science to back it up!
Be Thankful Every Day
For such a simple act, the rewards are plentiful. Not only will you experience increased happiness but better quality of sleep, improved relationships and fewer sick days! The best approach is to start with listing three things you are thankful for each day.
Start with basic material things you are thankful for, like the hot water in your shower, your morning coffee or your favourite blanket. Then begin to branch out to the bigger things, such as your achievements and the special people in your life (you could even tell them directly!).
Don’t Forget You
Turn things back around to you every now and again and remember to explore and acknowledge the things you are grateful for about yourself. Think about your abilities and strengths; also think about the attributes people have said they have admire about you.
Stick With It
It takes approximately three weeks to form a new habit, so stick to your journalling like glue. Set a reminder on your calendar and schedule in a time every day that you sit down and journal for at least ten-to-fifteen minutes. Find a time in the day that works best for you. Nighttime is often a popular choice as you can reflect on the day while helping you to unwind for sleep.
Have you tried gratitude journalling?
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