Last week I briefly mentioned that the holidays and I went through an emotional downward spiral together. What was supposed to be the ‘most wonderful time of the year’ had turned into my personal, hellish nightmare. I shared that one of the methods I used to stop myself from spinning out of control, was a personal, holiday bucket list.
The other thing I briefly mentioned, was that I started keeping a gratitude journal.
Let me be very honest and upfront when I say that I am not at all consistent throughout the year with my journal. I would love to make it a daily habit before bed, but sometimes I’m doing well to remember to put on P.J.’s before bed, let alone think or write.
A Holiday Must For Me
Even though I am consistently inconsistent with my gratitude journal, I am more likely to write in it during the holidays than any other time during the year.
Any time I feel the anxiety, depression, overwhelming feelings that the holidays tend to fire up inside of me, the gratitude journal becomes the fire extinguisher to help put it out.
“Keeping a gratitude journal is the single most important thing I’ve ever done.” – Oprah
Benefits of Gratitude
Keeping a gratitude journal has been shown to:
- Reduce stress and anxiety
- Better quality sleep
- Improve relationships with loved ones
- Increase self confidence
- Strengthen emotions
- Higher focus at work & play
- Boost your career
Obviously you don’t need to download an app on your phone to receive the benefits of a gratitude journal. Just grab a spiral notebook and a pen and begin writing.
To get you gratitude juices flowing, we have created a beautiful, printable Gratitude Challenge for November. Each day you will have a new topic to think about, and thank about.