Last week on my personal blog, I mentioned being a bit anxious and scared, and that I was going to try to spend less time watching social media (I haven’t really succeeded), and more time focusing on things I’m grateful for (I’ve started, and it’s making a significantly good difference).
Last year I started using the Gratitude journal app, as I needed a good wake-up and shake-up, and a reminder of all the great things in my life. I wrote about it then, and I’m mentioning it here again, because it might help you, even a little bit (I find even little bits are very helpful at the moment).
On the app (available on Google and iTunes), you can write the things you’re grateful for, and you can also get daily positive affirmations.
I’ve set up the app to get a reminder once a day to chart what I’m grateful for, and in the morning I get an affirmation.
One could of course easily keep a gratitude journal and write in it every day, but I quite like this method – it’s convenient, there are prompts, and heck, I’m on my phone all the time anyway. One of the many cool features of the app is that you can send gratitude letters to people in your life – I haven’t done this yet, but I might just.
According to the app, keeping a gratitude journal and being thankful for small little things could have tremendous benefits on your quality of life.
Many therapists recommend keeping a Gratitude journal to help us calm our anxiety, manage stress, have a better and deep sleep, improve our focus and concentration, break addictive habits and improve mindfulness levels at work. Research reveals Gratitude has significant benefits:
1. It opens the door to more relationships. Taking a moment to thank people and relations that matter to you definitely goes a long way to increase our happiness levels.
2. Improves physical health. Lower levels of stress and mindful about surroundings including mindful eating improves physical strength.
3. Improves psychological health. Gratitude directly impacts well-being, increases overall happiness and reduces depression.
4. Enhances empathy and reduces aggression. Gratitude enables us to forgive and forget grudges or negative people, helps control our anger.
5. Grateful people sleep better. Expressing and writing grateful thoughts before sleep leads to better and quality sleep.
6. Improves self-esteem. It’s human nature to complain about things that we lack or compare ourselves with another. Gratitude makes it easy to let go of unwanted things and builds our esteem and confidence.
7. Gratitude makes us more mindful and increases mental strength. Gratitude not only reduces stress, but plays a major role in overcoming trauma.
PS: I’ve decided to start using more unicorn images for the sake of happiness and feel-good.
PPS: Take care, and I hope you’re all doing as well as possible.