Whether you’re a wannabe entrepreneur, a creative soul, a lifestyle blogger, an ambitious digital enthusiast, or an unapologetic change seeker – one thing’s for sure: you’re probably a bit of a dreamer, too.
How do you know if you’re a dreamer?
Easy. You’re constantly thinking about new things to write, create, do, or explore.
Your brain’s in this constant “switched on” phase.
And while this is pretty cool – because, life tends to hardly ever be boring – it can also be REALLY frustrating sometimes.
When you’re constantly trying to check things off, achieve goals – and just basically want more from life, you’re setting yourself up for some nasty feels.
THE ART OF COMPARISON
If that wasn’t enough, we’ve got this really bad habit of comparing our “right now” to everyone else’s highlight reel.
Even when we know some things on social media are staged or not showing the real deal; we forget.
I mean, how often do you scroll through someone else’s “perfect-looking” Instagram feed and think that yours kind of sucks? Or what about Facebook – everyone’s always going on such fun outings or traveling or looking so happy all the time. What’s up with that? I’m all for positive vibes, but sometimes I just want to know I’m not the only one having a bad day, you know?
Oh, yes… the joys of comparison are rife.
It’s an open invitation for bouts of frustration and unnecessary stress. Not good… not good at all.
BUT, that’s where the art of a gratitude journal comes in to play. It just shushes all those neggy vibes, quick quick.
IMPROVE YOUR MENTAL HEALTH WITH YOUR WORDS
Something amazing happens when you sit down with a notebook and a pen and just write. Writing down your thoughts, fears, hopes and dreams is really therapeutic. It just gets you out of your head for a bit.
Because you’re “opening up” to a safe space. You can just be yourself.
And when you just let yourself BE, it’s amazing how good things actually look. When you start writing down things in your life that you’re grateful for, you really start to appreciate how good your life really is.
Regardless of Stephanie’s amazing Instagram coffee pics.
I swear, this has been helping me so much lately. It’s hard trying to make a dent in this saturated digital world – especially on those days when you don’t really feel all sunshine and roses. That’s when a gratitude journal is needed most.
So what sort of things can you list?
ANYTHING and everything.
Honestly. Some days I’m grateful for the ability to do what I love, even though it’s not perfect. Other days, I’m grateful to have two legs to run with or my eyesight. I try and remember these things, because it’s so easy to take them for granted. Like, just imagine if you suddenly went deaf tomorrow, or you woke up blind.
We’re more blessed than we realise.
Having a gratitude journal is one of the best things you can do for your mental health.
When we compare, we stress and feel like we’re not good enough.
But, when you actually take a moment to think about and write down all the things in your life that you ARE grateful for, your soul comes alive with joy. You feel happy and you appreciate the small things.
You stop wanting more.
And best of all? You don’t actually care what anyone else is doing. Because you’re on your own journey.
10 BENEFITS OF HAVING A GRATITUDE JOURNAL
- It boosts our self esteem
- It makes us feel more optimistic
- We feel a lot less self centred
- It reduces feelings of depression
- It helps train our mind to seek out the good
- We feel happier
- It makes us less materialistic
- We feel more relaxed
- It helps us sleep better
- It makes us appreciate what we have at this very moment
Do you have a gratitude journal? What are some of the things that you’re grateful for today?
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