I’m definitely prone to waves of anxiety. Normally I can keep things in check (thanks to the endless number of self help books I consume…), but this weekend after a particular trying downward spiral, I decided to try something new- a gratitude journal. Truth be told this was Brandon’s idea, and even though I’d read about them before (namely here), I’d never put the practice into place. But that all changed on Sunday. I took a small journal I had lying around and placed it beside my bed. I decided that each night, right before bed, I’d jot down three or more things I was grateful for- whatever came to mind. I’m three nights in, and so far so good. I’ve found it helpful to be specific, so instead of just writing I’m grateful for “my health,” writing that I’m grateful for “my really good eyesight.” I also try to keep it a bit light and fun- making a point to appreciate things like the amazing tomato sandwiches I’ve been having for lunch in August or the after dinner walks we take to the Williamsburg waterfront. Hmmm… what do they call that stuff? Oh yeah… the small things, Clara! I’m workin’ on it, and this journal is so easy to do everyday, I really think I can make it stick.
Do you have anxiety? Any simple tips for keeping those feelings at bay? Let’s dish.