Struggling with anxiety? Don’t know how to deal with it? Try gratitude journaling! In addition to boosting your mood, it serves a purpose of reminding you to be thankful for everything you have in your life. Researchers have found that writing down what you are thankful for can have positive effects on your health. And it’s easy! Make a point every night to reflect on how thankful you are for everything, even the little things. Enjoying your favorite breakfast or spending time with your loved ones could be reasons to be thankful. It comes down to what YOU are grateful for.
What is Gratitude Journaling and How Will it Help Me Fight Anxiety?
A gratitude journal is a journal in which you list all the things you are grateful for, every day. It has been shown to have many benefits and can help people with anxiety.
The first benefit of a gratitude journal is that it helps people focus on the positive aspects of their life and not the negative ones. This will help them stay calm and happy throughout the day, instead of dwelling on what they don’t have.
Another benefit of a gratitude journal is that it provides a sense of purpose and meaning in life. When someone feels like they are just going through the motions, doing things without any purpose or meaning, this can lead to anxiety. A gratitude journal can help provide that sense of purpose by reminding someone what they are grateful for in their life and how they are making an impact on you.
Mental Health Benefits of Journaling
- Journaling provides clarity. By writing down what’s happening in your life, you can create order from what feels like chaos.
- Journaling allows you to relax. Many people find the act of writing or organizing photos and other records soothing.
- Journaling helps you keep a record. This can be useful in tracking how you feel and what triggers those emotions.
- Journaling can be therapeutic. Writing gives you an opportunity to practice positive self-talk and give yourself encouragement.
- Journaling gives you perspective. It’s helpful to be able to look back on your record and know that you can make it through hard times.
Start Small With Journaling
It is usually a sign that you’re looking too big when you have difficulty thinking of something to be thankful for. Try looking for something very small and measurable. (The simplest things are the best). Take your focus off of what’s ‘wrong’ and focus on what’s ‘right’ when you write your gratitude list.