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Being more grateful for things in your life is a wonderful way to practice self-care in the fall. Surprisingly, this writing activity can be very beneficial for your health and wellness. It will help you exude positivity, help others feel good about themselves, and help you understand all the amazing things in your life. It can help show you how to find your gratitude!
Use Your Journal
First, you can express gratitude during the fall season by writing about it in your journal. This is a really simple method since you are likely using your journal every day already. It can be as simple as a sentence or two in your daily journal entry about what you are grateful for, or you can have a goal of 3-5 things each day you want to be thankful for.
Or you can also start a gratitude journal and use the entire journal exclusively for that purpose.
When to Use a Gratitude Journal
Ideally, you should use the gratitude journal at the end of your day. At that time, it is a way to reflect on the good things that happened during your day. Furthermore, on some days, you may only be grateful for the day ending so you can rest. That, of course, is fine. The point is that no matter how bad your day is, you are finding something to be thankful for or the gratitude on that day.
How the Gratitude Journal Helps You
As a rule, a gratitude journal works a bit slower than other journaling methods. Ideally, the journal is supposed to help you remove negative energy from your life, reduce stress, and reduce depression by finding the good in your world. You may start off with just one or two entries. As you move on with routine journaling, you may find that you are finding less bad and much more good in your day. These are the gratitudes you list. This will lead you to mindfulness and peace in your daily life and a new way to look at things.
Use Your Planner
Not a fan of journaling? Why not use your daily planner? If you have a daily planner that helps keep track of your schedule, goals, and to-do lists, you can use this as another opportunity to practice gratitude each day. Typically, it works great in a daily entry or each day in the weekly portion. Therefore, you should write down at least one thing you feel grateful for each day if there is space for extra notes. This will allow you to be a lot more positive and thankful for the good in your life, as opposed to dwelling on the negative.
Create a Regular Routine
Start by figuring out your daily routine and how to add using your planner to that routine. Do you find that you sit at your kitchen table in the morning with a cup of coffee, and have a few minutes of quiet time? If so, this is a great time to start a daily routine where you write in the planner, and maybe your journal as well. For others, they prefer it to be during their lunch break at work, or maybe in the evening before bed to mentally prepare for the next day. There are no rules here except consistency.
Speaking of, you need to stay consistent. This is why creating a daily routine using the planner is so vital. It adds it to your schedule, where you know what to expect, and won’t keep putting it off for the “right time”. Think of it like any other part of your routine, like taking a shower or cooking a meal. Write in your planner around the same time every day, and it easily becomes a daily routine.
Fit it Into Your Normal Lifestyle
Be realistic about using your planner daily. You might like the idea of a morning planner and journal session, but if you already struggle getting to work on time, this isn’t realistic. Instead, think of a time during the day when you do have a spare minute, or where you can move things around in your current routine. Obviously, you know your life best, so work with your current lifestyle and schedule.
Keep it Simple
This probably won’t be the last time you hear this advice – keep it simple! If you are just starting your own planner and struggling to use it every day, don’t bother trying to turn it into an ordeal. You don’t need a bullet journal or a planner with 500 pages just to be effective. Have 5-10 pages to start with, then subsequently when those pages fill up or you get new ideas, gradually add in more to your planner.
Try Gratitude Mantras
Additionally, another option is to write down some mantras for the use of gratitude and say them to yourself each day. This is a great way to feel more positive inside and out and really exude that throughout the day. You can write them on sticky notes and put them on the mirror in your bathroom. By the same token, you can write them in your journal, or keep a notebook with you to read them out loud whenever you feel you need the reminder.
How to Use Mantras
The main way to use mantras with journaling is to write them down. In essence, you can either write down the same mantra that is working well for you or switch it up. Also, you can have a few pages at the front of your journal dedicated to all your favorite mantras, which you read out loud (or quietly) to yourself each day before or after you begin that day’s journaling session.
Saying them out loud is highly recommended, but if you are journaling with other people around, you can always just read them or write them down.
Examples of Mantras
There are many examples online and in books, or you can use your own favorite sayings or phrases for them. Here are some examples to give you an idea of what they might say:
- I am good enough.
- I will be kind to myself.
- I appreciate the body I was given.
- I will stop my destructive behaviors.
- I can recover from my eating disorder.
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