I find it immensely helpful to look at lists of days past and see that there was always something that I gained from getting out of bed, even if it was just a cup of tea or experiencing a fortunately timed gust of a warm breeze.
As I have in many years past, I have started a paper journal of sorts for the year. I have a list of things to track & it’s always fun to see how far I get each year. ;~) It started when a therapist several years ago wanted me to write down three things I liked about myself every day. It had to be three & no, I couldn’t use the same things every day. It seemed like a daunting task. I’m still threatened by the idea of having to come up with three reasons to like myself every day, but one is manageable.
This year my daily list involves:
- Something I Like About Myself
- Three Goals For Today
- Something Good About Today
- Something I Love
- Something I Am Afraid Of
- What Made Me Anxious Today
If you listen to the Mental Illness Happy Hour, you probably recognize the love/afraid of items. I was inspired to track my own list of loves & fears by the show. I am hopeful adding the list of things that make me anxious will help me tame the beast by getting those things out of my head & onto paper where I can see just how silly they are. My list gives me something to think about in the morning & at night which I like. I get to plan ahead & reflect back on the day.
I found the worksheet above on tumblr & thought I would share it here for anyone who needs a little nudge from time to time.
Enjoy & I would love to hear if this helps anyone, or if you do something similar!