They say that your first thoughts in the morning can often set the tone for your frame of mind for the entire day, and it’s such a true statement. But, I didn’t realize how much I was letting stray thoughts control my mind-set until I started using my “Five-Minute Journal” from “Intelligent Change”.
The journal was originally something I had picked up to help with overall mindfulness, but it has become so much more than that. You write in the journal every day, once in the morning and once in the evening. It only takes a few minutes, but it will have you reflecting on your entries for the entire day.
I found this to be such a cool thought experiment. It teaches you to start thinking about concrete things or ideas that you are grateful for. At first, I started with the most obvious things I am happy to have: family, friends, my puppies, etc. But, I found as the days went on, I was able to be thankful each day for something more specific. I was thankful one day for being able to breathe through my nose after an awful bout of the flu. Another day, I found myself being grateful for running water and utilities after having to go sometime without them.
The biggest change that I’ve noticed is how much more time each day I spend in the simple state of gratitude. Do I still get frustrated? Absolutely. I get impatient and annoyed and angry. But, I also find myself flipping situations around to end in a state of gratefulness.
Because the truth Is, there is SO much to be grateful for, even on the days when we don’t necessarily feel that to be the case. So, I cannot recommend this journal enough. It has become a habit for me now and has really helped me get my mind right for the day.
It also encourages that you develop daily affirmations. These are like mantras or short sentences or phrases that you repeat to yourself throughout the day. One of my favorites that I have adopted recently is this: “I am brave. I am loving and I am loved. I am worthy and I am more than enough. I am ready to tackle whatever challenges the day brings.” It sounds so simple, but it has made a profound difference in my perspective throughout the day.
Because I think that we can all use the simple reminders that “The Five Minute Journal” provides. It even has bonus challenges that get you out of your comfort zone and keep you on your toes.
I truly believe everyone could benefit from this journal. It helps remind us of how much good there is in our lives, even in our darkest moments.