No matter how good or bad of a day I’m having, I always make sure to practice gratitude daily.
Throughout my life, I’ve found that one of the strongest ways to do this and to check-in with yourself is through journaling.
It doesn’t require much, but the practice itself is so powerful and can be an important part of your self-care routine if you remain consistent with it. As with many routines, sometimes the hardest part is starting. Today, I’m going to give you some tips on how to start a gratitude journal as it has made such a difference in my life!
Start with a notebook or use your phone
The first thing you’ll need to get started with your gratitude journal is a notebook. If you don’t have one at the moment and want to get started anyway, you can use the notes on your phone.
The notebook that you choose to use doesn’t have to be anything too expensive or special; as long as you have something that you can record your thoughts in.
Whether you prefer putting pen to paper or are more tech-savvy, whatever you use depends on your own preference!
Pick out an ideal time to write in your journal
Picking out a time throughout your day to write in your gratitude journal is important when it comes to developing this practice as a routine.
I personally love to devote writing in my gratitude journal at night time. It is a great way for me to end the day on a positive note and pull my attention away from distractions like social media or my phone.
What are you grateful for?
Think of the three things you are grateful for from your day and jot them down in your journal.
This isn’t always as easy as it sounds and sometimes you’ll have to think really hard.
To get yourself to think about the question, go through your day in your mind and think of any challenges that you’ve had to overcome or anything good that happened during your day. Sometimes, this doesn’t even have to be about you; you can even think of something good you’ve done for someone else!
This is a prime opportunity for personal reflection.
If you’re still struggling, you can even look up gratitude journal prompts on google and do this until you start to get comfortable coming up with your own.
The way you’ll reap the benefits that comes from writing in your gratitude journal is consistency. Yes, you may not remember to journal every single day and that’s okay! This is where deciding on a certain time of day to journal will come in handy.
With the constant ups and downs of life, it is so hard not to get caught up and focus on the negative.
Writing in your gratitude journal can bring your attention back to the things that matter in life. From doing this often, you’ll start to develop a completely different outlook on life that is more positive and will help you grow.
Do you keep a gratitude journal? If so, how do you stay consistent with it?