Hey everyone, Happy Friday! Today I wanted to bring some inspiration to the blog! If you’re like me, you love sitting down to write with a good old fashioned pen and notebook. With that being said, a few years ago I started something that I keep next my bed I like to call my gratitude journal. I know now is definitely a time where people are experiencing great amounts of stress and anxiety about uncertainties ahead, major changes, and staying healthy. It’s why I wanted to write this post today! Alleviating stress in the mind can help immensely with keeping our physical selves in shape.
I sometimes struggle with falling asleep, and I know many of us do. Thoughts constantly racing through our minds, having had too much caffeine, or experiencing that stress I mentioned… I usually find that I can’t turn my mind off. It’s funny because my husband falls asleep before his head even hits the pillow, so there I am wide awake with only myself to talk to (lol) so I decided to see if writing before bed would help me sleep.
Since I have such a hard time sleeping, it’s also tough to wake up some mornings. What I find is that if the night before I’ve mentally prepped myself for the things I’m excited for and what I plan to do the next day, I’m generally in a better mood when I wake up.
So I decided to start a “gratitude journal” that I keep next to my bed. Here’s what I write about each evening:
Here you can write anything you worked at to improve your finances. I make sure to do at least one thing each day to get me toward my financial goal. For example, I try to create at least 5 new designs each week. Maybe sometimes I make that many in one day! That’s definitely something I’d add to my journal for that day. Maybe for you it could be that you consciously saved a portion of your money that you wanted to impulsively spend. Be creative with your answer, as long as it’s something that’ll make you feel good about a big or little accomplishment. Maybe you wrote an AWESOME blog post and had several new visitors view it!
This can be anything! Maybe you finished a work project early, or maybe it’s just that you woke up before your alarm. I’ve written things like “spent a good amount of quality time with my daughter today” or “ate healthy all day and didn’t cheat.” Writing down your triumphs, big or small, can have a huge impact on confidence!
These can be however big or small. Even a very small gesture like getting the door for something counts. By writing it down it will make you more conscious of how to treat others during your day so you can write it down later and feel good about it. I also think that getting into the habit to reflect on how you help others can make you seek out these kinds of opportunities on the regular 🙂
This is the part that helps you feel inspired to get out of bed the next morning. If you’re aware of all the great things you have to look forward to and show your appreciation for your life, you’ll learn to look forward to even the smallest things rather than thinking of what you’re dreading first. Maybe your day tomorrow looks bleak. Still write down whatever you can think of that you’ll look forward to. There’s something great in every day…And if it’s one of your last thoughts you have before going to sleep, you’ll think of it instantly when you wake up in the morning!
No matter how old we are, what our profession is, how much we think we know …. we can always learn more! Keep your eyes and ears open everyday to new lessons you can learn. The other day I wrote that I learned how to manually update the look of certain parts in my blog using CSS! Acknowledging this made me more confident in my computer skills. Something I’ve also recognized is that adults have the ability to learn things from children all the time.
In order to grow, we must push ourselves and get uncomfortable sometimes. Think of this one as a fun game. Throughout your day think of little things that might benefit you or others by going out of your normal routine/comfort zone. You’ll feel more confident for doing so and it’s kinda fun to think about at the end of the day. And again, it could be something big or small!
Thanks for reading! You can definitely feel free to modify your “grateful journal” however you wish to help you become inspired about your life. I firmly believe that doing this every night can help build confidence and create a better mindset!
- Something awesome my kids did today.
- 3 Things I’m thankful for at this moment.
- 2 Things I did today that to improve my health.
- 3 Things I promise to myself I’ll do tomorrow.
It’s so powerful to fill our heads with positive thoughts either right before bed or right as we’re starting our day. In the book “The Compound Effect” by Darren Hardy, he explains how he starts each day by writing down the people he wants to “mentally send love to” that day, and also the reasons why he loves his wife. I. LOVE. THAT.
After starting my own journal, I decided to make some printable versions for you all! Head on over to my Etsy shop to check them out 🙂
So yes, you guessed it…after I did this little project, it helped me fall asleep immediately. I hope this idea works for you too! Have a wonderful weekend,
If you’d like to stay in touch with more ideas and news, join my newsletter on my homepage! https://laurarooker.com/