It’s still mental health awareness month. What better way to spread awareness than to create a gratitude list or journal? You may be in a dark place right now or feel like you’re working your way there. Take a break from everything and just start listing things you are grateful for. It could be broad, it could be very specific. Refocus your thinking on gratitude, you’d be surprised how beneficial it can be.
Because he’s been my rock for the past six years. He came into my life when I was at my lowest and he stuck with me. He’s seen all sides of me, some that many will never see. He loves me unconditionally.
They show me how strong I can be. They push me every day to be a good example for them. They give me hope. They love me unconditionally.
Housing and Food
Some don’t have either of these things and I am blessed enough to have both. From the bed I sleep in, to the shower I bathe in — I’m grateful.
The grandparents, great aunties and uncles, and anyone who has made food for us or gifted me and my children anything. Without our village, I would be distraught.
For the group texts, long talks, and words of encouragement. For telling it like it is but also wanting what’s best for me. For the random I love you and I’m thinking of you. Whether we talk every day or once a month.
My Immune System
For keeping me on my toes and able to take care of my family. For clear sinuses, clear skin, and overall good health.
For the ability to stay in contact with everyone during this time. For letting me stay caught up on my Netflix shows and starting/maintaining this blog.
My Growing Faith
Because I don’t know where I would be if I didn’t talk to God or read my devotionals.
Because they are the reason I am here today. The reason I might be able to help others. The reason I learned how to handle certain situations.
For allowing me to have an outlet and platform to speak freely and creatively about marriage, mental health, and motherhood.
I challenge you to make a list of ten things you are grateful for today, this week, this month, or this lifetime. Try telling someone you are grateful for them, you never know whose day you might make or whose life you might save.
I know when you are struggling mentally you often lose sight of all the things and people you are grateful for. I know you may feel alone and as if there is nothing to live for. But there is, you just haven’t experienced it YET. There is still so much to be grateful for, you just need to be here to see it.
Another great way to express gratitude is through journaling. Below I’ve listed some journal prompts to help you get started. You can also write these down on small pieces of paper and put them in a jar. Pull one out and write about it at random.
Gratitude Journal Prompts
- Name someone that helps you.
- Name someone that is nice to you.
- Name someone that makes you smile.
- Who is your best friend and why?
- Who was the last person to give you something?
- Name someone that is nice to you.
- What is your favorite thing to do on the weekend?
- Name something that you are grateful to have.
- What do you like to do with your family and why?
- What is the best gift that you have ever received?
- Name the best thing that has ever happened to you.
- Where is your favorite place to play or relax?
- What do you like most about your family?
- Where is your favorite place to go?
- What is your favorite thing to do at home?
- Name a person that you love and why?
- What was the best thing that happened today?
- Who makes you feel loved and why?
- Name something that makes you happy.
- What is your favorite outdoor activity?
- What is your favorite hobby and why?
- Who do you like to spend time with?
- Name someone that you feel grateful for.