Sometimes it can be really hard to remember all the good things in life especially in the middle of a pandemic. Since I have started to focus a lot more on myself one of the first things that I have chosen to practise is gratitude.
I did not realise the importance of gratitude until I went to counselling. My therapist suggested I replace any negative thoughts with things I am grateful for. At the beginning of my journey with anxiety I used a Positive Planner to help me organise my thoughts and remind myself of all the things that I am grateful for. However, after practising gratitude regularly I am able to automatically combat a negative thought with a grateful thought.
Before we talk about the why, we need to think about the what. What is gratitude and how does it impact your mental health? Gratitude might be expressed by most of us by saying thank you. However, from a scientific perspective, gratitude is not just an action but a positive emotion that has a biological purpose. This positive emotion of gratitude is more than just being thankful, it is a deeper appreciation for someone or something that can produce long lasting positivity.
Why it is important to practise gratitude?
There are lots of different ways that you could practise gratitude, but it starts with thinking about yourself. For example, you could be grateful to your body for helping you get from point A to point B. Gratitude starts from within so make sure that you are showing gratitude to yourself before you start showing gratitude to others.
So, why you should write a gratitude journal?
Being in the digital age, you don’t have to have a physical journal. You can use different apps to help you record feelings of gratitude. One of the apps that you could use is called ‘Grateful: A Gratitude Journal.’ This app lets you record your thoughts and feelings throughout the day. You can even use your journal to help support your thoughts when you are taking a thought to court.
I hope that you can go out and explore gratitude and feel comfortable when writing these thoughts down. Remember though that if you are feeling overwhelmed with your mental health please contact your doctor. Stay happy and healthy Tribers.