Negativity may seem like just an emotion that we all go through. The issue with negativity is that it can cause reactions beyond just your emotional well-being. If you find yourself dealing with or surrounded by negative thoughts on a routine basis, you may find yourself also feeling depressed and anxious. This can affect your eating, sleep patterns, and much more. One way to get rid of the negative influences in your day is to start finding the gratitude. Journaling can help. Here is how to make and use a gratitude journal to remove the negative influences of your daily life.
The Set-Up of a Gratitude Journal
Gratitude journals generally resemble a mixture of a traditional journal and bullet journal. They are not really meant for full-blown journal entries. Instead, they focus on very specific moments or events in your day that you can feel grateful for. You do not elaborate on them. You simply find the good in each day. The journal page should have the
date and possibly the time if you are writing down the events as they happen. The key to this journal is to use a bullet style to mark off each event or gratitude and to reflect on those at the end of the day.
When to Use a Gratitude Journal
Ideally, you should use the gratitude journal at the end of your day. It ideally should be used as a way to reflect on the good things that happened during your day. There will be some days that you may only be grateful for the day ending so you can rest. That is fine. The point is that no matter how bad your day is, you are finding something to be thankful for or the gratitude in that day.
How the Gratitude Journal Helps You
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.
A gratitude journal can be as simple as a few lines or just one line. You can put it on your normal calendar, planner, or just on your tablet. Just make sure that you find at least one thing to be grateful for in each day, no matter how bad the day was.