Busy moms rarely find time for themselves nowadays, but did you know taking just 15 minutes a day to relax and rejuvenate can have huge benefits mentally and spiritually?

Keeping a gratitude journal is a wonderful way to help us have those few minutes of downtime to quietly reflect on our lives and practice gratitude.

Start Journaling:

A blank notebook or journal, a pen and a quiet room are all you need. There are even a few journaling apps or you could use the “notes” tab on your phone if you would rather keep your thoughts online.

Don’t know what to write? Simply start the day, or end the day, writing three things you are grateful for. Maybe write a problem you have overcome or something you have been blessed with recently. You may find you don’t want to stop at three, so feel free to keep going. Make a list in any shape or form of things that make you smile or things you love. Write challenges you have overcome. Consider writing daily or monthly goals you intend to reach and the steps you will take to reach them.

Grammar and punctuation don’t matter. What does is the feelings of peace and happiness you will feel as you write. The satisfaction of seeing your achievements or of mentally reviewing your personal growth. And of course, the enormous gratitude you will feel when you realize all the positive things in your life.

Benefits of Journaling

Here are just some of the amazing benefits you’ll find when you start writing regularly in your gratitude journal:

  1. You’ll begin to heal the past
  2. You’ll strengthen your sense of yourself and what you have accomplished in your life
  3. You’ll express creativity and self-expression
  4. You’ll solve problems by coming up with your own free-flowing answers
  5. You’ll take time to “stop and smell the roses” in your life
  6. You’ll build self-confidence and self-worth
  7. You’ll appreciate what you have and not feel the grass is always greener somewhere else
  8. You’ll clarify your inner feelings
  9. You’ll spend specific peaceful introspective time daily
  10. You’ll find yourself better equipped to deal with stressful events
  11. You’ll brainstorm new ideas
  12. You’ll connect to your spiritual side

However you can make the time, journaling can be a peaceful activity that has many healthy benefits. Even if not done daily, a few times a week or month can become a wonderful habit you chose to continue because it just feels good!