How to use/ create a gratitude book

I say ‘gratitude’ book, but it is more of a ‘Gratitude/goals/achievement’ book. If you’ve read my why I use notebooks for almost everything post you might know a little bit about this already, although I didn’t go into too much detail because I figured I would write a separate post for it.

I’ve got an achievements jar (which I did a post on, if you fancy a read) but this is a little different. A notebook for more than just achievements. The idea of this book is to write your gratitude/goals/achievements in, so they are there to keep looking back at. Every so often, when you’re having one of those days, when you’re feeling deflated for one reason or another.. you can look back and remind yourself what you already have that deserves your gratitude. The things you’ve already achieved, maybe you didn’t think you would or you might have forgotten about if they hadn’t been written down. Your goals for the year, maybe you want to open a business or maybe it be something simpler, like stick to a strict gym routine.. whatever it may be, write it down to look back at whenever you please.

I find these 3 things alone help me so much with my mental health, they aren’t for everyone but for me this works. Whenever I have a what am I doing with my life day I can pick up this book and remind myself just how far I’ve already come. Anything to help with those rubbish days is worth a try.

Gratitude – Being grateful for what you already have is a way of attracting more things to be grateful of into your life. Every day life gets in the way, you forget about the small things, the things you should be thankful for.. we all do it, it’s just the way it is. This is my way of being able to remind myself, give myself a kick up the bottom if you like. Everyone has thousands of things to be grateful for, we just forget about them.. they might not be big things so they get shoved to the back of our minds. It’s fine that we do this but to be able to really appreciate our lives, writing them all down helps (even the small things). When I first started to write my list I was struggling to think of anything, then once I wrote the first few, they all just came flowing out. Now I have a huge list of all the things in my life I need to be grateful for. It’s so easy to sit and think ‘I haven’t got this, why haven’t I got that’. When really we should be focusing on the ‘I’m grateful for my health, I’m grateful for my family and my friends, I’m grateful to have a roof over my head and eat 3 meals a day’. The things we take for granted on a daily basis should be at the fore front of our minds rather than all the things we don’t have.

Goals – I have so many pages filled with all my goals for the future, near future and ‘in 10 years I want to..’ goals. Setting goals is a healthy way of saying, ‘I’m not quite there yet, but I intend to be one day’. I’m very much a goal maker, I haven’t always been this way.. It’s only in the last couple of years, when things in life have happened and it’s made me realise I need to make the most of my life. Goals can be absolutely anything, simple things like getting 8 hours of sleep every night or not using your phone every minute of the day. And then of course the bigger things like; owing your own house, setting up that business you’ve always wanted but never got round to doing. The idea of a big goal can be daunting and so overwhelming it puts you off, so the way I do it is; I write the big goal, lets say – owning my own business. Then underneath I write down all the smaller goals that will help me achieve this and get through them day by day. This way it doesn’t seem so huge and before you know it, you’ll have achieved that goal you set for yourself. But the best part of this is when you’re having one of those days you can look back at those goals and right at the side of them will be a huge tick to say you’ve achieved it.. and that in itself is one of the best feelings in the world.

Achievements – This one kind of goes hand in hand with your goals, once you’ve set your goals you can get on with achieving them. There’s just something about achieving that makes your heart happy (I love that feeling and strive to have it most days). Same again, it doesn’t matter the size of the achievement, as long as it means something to you, then it’s worth writing down. This way you can look back at them whenever you’re feeling like you’re not achieving anything. We all have those days, but they’re made a little easier once you’re reminded of things you’ve already achieved. Look back through your notebook and refresh your memory. Once you start achieving you don’t want to stop!

The most important part – keep adding to them all, you can even add a date to remind you of the exact time you wrote it.

Just this simple strategy has helped improve my mental health massively, so I definitely recommend giving this a try!

Lois x


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