This time last year I was undertaking cognitive behavioural therapy to help me with my anxiety, depression and soul-destroying insomnia. I’ve come a really long way from that point, and every now and then I’m blown away with how different my outlook on life is these days. It was in one of these moments that I really had a proper think about what exactly it is that got me to this point. In therapy we went through many techniques in an effort to bring down my anxiety levels, but one I found particularly helpful was practicing gratitudes. Every night while I lay in bed, rather than thinking about the fact I couldn’t sleep I was asked to think of all the things I was thankful for that day. Sure enough, I would end up lying in bed with a positive, warm glow and over time my sleep gradually improved.
So, I decided that it would be lovely at the end of each month to reflect on the things that I’m grateful for. I keep a basic month review in my Happiness Planner, jotting down the things that went well that month, things to work on in the coming one and, of course, things I’m grateful for…
Describe the month in 3 words:
Fun, busy and social
The month’s happiest moment:
Birthday trip to Bruges with the boy
This month’s struggles:
Staying focused at work knowing I’m leaving soon
How I overcame them:
Setting daily tasks to work towards and stay motivated
What I learned this month:
How to create my own pins for Pinterest and some pinning strategy
What I’d like to improve next month:
My overall social media strategy and consistency
Who/what I’m grateful for:
Having the means to travel and have these amazing experiences. I feel so lucky to be able to see so much of the world.
The boy for making me feel happy and loved.
My body for being so strong and achieving so much in the weights room this month. It may not be where I want to it to be yet but I’m so proud of my achievements.
Anything else to note?
A general positive outlook over the last month.
So there you have it: August in review. I’m looking forward to September, it will be a quieter month in the final run up to my PT exam. Lots of studying for me! Self-reflection and gratitudes are such a powerful wellbeing tool, why not use my template too? Let me know how you get on!