It can be easy to get caught up in the downs of life. Some days, weeks, or even months, you can feel like nothing is going right.
This happens to me, and the weirdest thing about it is sometimes this feeling comes on even though I know good things have happened and continue to happen to me.
It’s okay to be down. It’s a part of life. The next step is working to pick yourself back up and restore some peace in your mind.
An extremely effective way to start feeling better is to actively practice gratitude.
When you take as little as a minute a day to reflect on and acknowledge the good things in your life, you can clear your mind and realign yourself with your goals.
Here are a few ways you can do this!
keep a gratitude journal
I think some people shy away from journaling because it can seem like a big commitment. Wake up every day, journal, focus, move on. That works for some people, but it may not for you, and that’s fine!
The wonderful thing about journaling is that it is something completely and entirely your own.
Yes, writing in it every day is a good practice, and can help you stay focused, but it’s not required!
I have a journal, and I write in it when I need to most. You can do the same!
Keep a small notebook, a piece of paper, or even keep it on your phone. Write down a few things that you are grateful for when you need it.
You could do it every morning, every night, or just when you are anxious and feel you need some perspective.
Whatever you need.
The best thing about a gratitude journal is that if you’re lacking on inspiration, you can look back and look at things you were grateful for in the past. Sometimes, even just that can be enough to lift your spirits. And, it may inspire some new grateful thoughts.
Another note: it’s okay if your list is repetitive. So what if you’re grateful for coffee every day?
Great! There’s nothing wrong with that. All positives matter.
track your accomplishments
Apart from tracking good things that happen to you, it can also be helpful to track good things that you make happen.
It’s not wrong to celebrate the things you do. In fact, it is very necessary.
You have value and put good things into the world. Sometimes we skip over these things or think very little of them, which can shake our confidence and make us feel unmotivated.
Write down the things you get done, the good deeds you do, and anything else you do to lighten up someone’s day. It’s not selfish. I promise. 🙂
set a daily reminder to notice something good in your life
If writing things down isn’t for you, there are other ways you can keep yourself grateful each day.
We all have our phones on us all day, so why not put it to good use!
Set a reminder or timer to go off every day at a time where you’re likely not busy, and when it comes up, notice something good in your life.
This is great because it doesn’t require you to remember! I know we get busy, so let technology help you out.
take a break from social media
A little unorthodox, but hear me out. So much of our time is spent online and on social media.
But pro tip: people put their highlight reels on social media. What people have on their profile is not an accurate representation of their daily life.
People post happy and smiling pictures, and pictures of them doing cool stuff, and that can make it seem like everyone else lives a perfect life.
This can make us feel like we don’t have as much as others. I promise this isn’t true.
When you start to get this feeling, take a step back. Put your phone down, take a walk, and focus on what you have and all that it does for you.
Don’t worry, if you take a break from social media, I promise you won’t miss out on much.
Except for, of course, posts from your favorite bloggers. *wink* But, no worries. I promise they’ll be there when you come back.
Take in the magic that is today.