Surround Yourself with Happiness Journal // A space to stay positive and reflect on the good.
I created this gratitude journal after learning how to live with my own anxiety and stress. My whole life I have had anxiety, I have always felt like only the bad things were going to happen and that every negative thing my brian told me was true and that it was going to happen. I lived with a cloud over my head and I always felt foggy and off center everyday. Finally after my son was born and I was trying to juggle taking care of him and running our business full time; the fears of not being able to care for him and give him the attention I wanted him to have and still run my business to the fullest and get everything done with work, I had my first anxiety attack. I wasn't sleeping or eating and I felt like the world was crashing down around me and that I couldn't do it anymore. I went to the doctor and they put me on this pill and that pill. I was still not sleeping, I felt like there was a pit in my stomach everyday and finally I decided the medication was not working and that I needed to be off of everything entirely. I started doing some research on positivity and restructuring your thoughts with cognative restructuring. I went to a therapist I learned how to do deep breathing and mediation exercises and to keep a daily journal so that I could keep the positive aspects of my life on the forefront and not let negative thoughts overtake me. I practiced these things everyday and was very surprised at how fast I started to improve. Things started to become more clear and I was not just concentrating on all the fears and anxiety I had. These elements have become a very important part of getting past my anxiety and negative thoughts. It helped me to grow and to understand how to take care of myself, to turn my thoughts around and focus on the good and stay positive. I still look back on that first journal when I am feeling like my thoughts are getting to me and my anxiety is starting to turn up. I feel this will always be a journey for me. Something that I will always need to work at. But keeping a positivity journal helps to remind me of the good things that are happening in my life, my truths, and the people I am grateful for and all that they do. That's my story, I hope it will inspire you to turn to positivity and the good in your life. And if you ever have any questions or just need a friend, I am here. This journal is meant to be a 5 minute daily journal that you can do in the evening to reflect reflect on your day and bring out the positive events that happened so you are ready for a peaceful rest. Thinking about the good parts of your day, the things you are grateful for and your truths. To get started, the first page prompts you to write your mantras, 5 things to quit, 5 things to remember (your truths, your core, the things that keep you centered) and your goals for the year. This page is a spot to look back on whenever you do not feel centered in your life, to guide you so you can remember your truths and the things that are important and to keep happiness in your life. When the week is done there is a reflection spot to look back on the week overall and highlight the positive aspects and things you have learned. At the end of every month there is a review to look back on the month as a whole. At the end of the year when you have completed the journal there is a collective reflection page where you can reflect on the year as a whole, learn from the year and set goals for next year. Each month is separated by an inspirational quote that has brought meaning and motivation to my life and is meant to inspire you throughout the year. The journal is undated so you can start at any point in the year. If you are feeling anxiety or worries or just want to record your gratitude and happiness, now is the best time to start journaling. I believe in it 100%. What you think is what you feel and then turn into your reality. I hope you love this book as much as I do and that it brings you happiness and positivity throughout your year and journey in life. xoxo, Jen