Take some time to think, to breathe. It’s not easy in a world that pushes us to stay busy, physically and mentally. But if we don’t, life will be exhausting and it will take its toll. Take a bath or a long shower to wash away the dirt of the day. Take a walk outside to air out the pollution clogging up your lungs. Take a journal and pour out all negativity with the ink of the pen. Take to the floor and meditate to let go of your worries about the future and bring yourself to the present moment. Invest some time in yourself. Take time to be with your own thoughts. You’ll thank yourself for it later.
The 5 Minute Journal is both a physical and electronic personal record designed to make positive psychology accessible to everyone. Many of us do not write in a journal every day, to really reflect on our attitudes and actions, because we find it too much effort and too time consuming; it’s easy enough to convince ourselves to pass on the opportunity because we’ve been living those moments and we don’t feel like we need to spend any extra time on them. But the 5 Minute Journal combines the past and the future together to really get us thinking about what we are grateful for and how we can make our day great – and the best part is that it only takes five minutes, once in the morning and once in the evening. Created with scientific evidence, the journal encourages people to focus on the good in their lives and maintain a clear, positive mindset. By encouraging us to not only reflect on what was good in our day and what could have been better (which therefore allows us to decipher our habits to work on), the journal also helps us to wake up and remind ourselves of what we are thankful for and also remind ourselves about who we are. And for those moments when we find ourselves slipping, we can read daily inspiration, from quotes to other sources, or look back on past journal entries to see how far we have come and what makes us happy. By physically writing these things down, whether in the physical journal or on the app, we can help programme our minds to be positive, to analyse, to act on our analysis and grow as a person, to cultivate gratitude, and, through these steps, to be happy. Because isn’t happiness the most important thing in life?
Find out more about the 5 Minute Journal here: http://www.fiveminutejournal.com/
Available both as a physical book and in the app store.