November is here along with the countdown to the holidays! I’m all for embracing the festivities, but each day moving forward is about to get much busier. If you’re anything like me, your mind is already in overdrive and you have a thousand ideas bouncing around your head. Instead of constantly feeling overwhelmed, organize your thoughts by journaling!
This past Summer, I had a lot of personal issues that were taking a toll on my work productivity. I bottled all my negative thoughts up and was in a constant state of stress. One night I decided to write down all of my emotions in a journal which helped me recognize where the problems truly lied. Each day moving forward I continued to write in this journal and quickly started making positive adjustments throughout my personal and work life. If you also want to make constructive changes and start appreciating all life has to offer, ask yourself these three questions each evening.
What did you do today?
Reflect on your day and write down anything that you want to remember. It’s not necessary to document every little thing that happened, just the important things that are relevant to your life. I track what workouts I did, my meals, and even water consumption because those are all things I strive to improve. Even if it’s negative, write it down – this is where you’ll recognize what needs to be adjusted in your life.
Anything else on your mind?
If there is anything else bothering you or if you have a lot of ideas floating around, this is the time to jot them down. Get it all out now so you can go to sleep with a clear mind. This part of journaling can often be very therapeutic and relaxing.
What were you thankful for today?
Close your journal entry on a happy note; write at least three things that you are thankful for today. Recognizing the good parts of your life that are often overlooked can really bring the urgency of your issues into perspective. For example, today I’m thankful for waking up without a migraine, watching the sunrise, and talking to my parents. If you didn’t have a good day, you should especially negate what went wrong with three or more things that you’re grateful for!
This November, rather than saving all of your gratitude for one holiday at the end of the month, begin recognizing what you are thankful for each day. Get into the habit of journaling every day and you’ll soon start feeling much more stress-free and positive. Even on the busiest days, I still try to take 5 minutes to journal and it has dramatically uplifted my life.
What are you thankful for today? Share in the comments!