smartphone with title near bottle and diary on bed

Gratitude Adjustment

smartphone with title near bottle and diary on bed
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Well, here I am in self-isolation after a quick jaunt over to Portugal to secure my residency post-Brexit. Although I would definitely say the trip was worth it, this quarantine is tough. Unlike quarantines past, this one dictates I remain indoors and that I stay isolated as a direct result of my trip abroad. Full disclosure, I have major FOMO.

As I am housebound, it is easy for boredom to morph into feelings of malaise and depression. One way I find that’s helpful to combat these sneaky, icky feelings is to practice gratitude. I start each day by saying, “I am thankful for this day” before I get out of bed. I know it sounds cheesy, but it really helps to get me in the right mindset to stay at home alone all day. Then, before going to bed I journal using the following questions:

  1. What touched me today?
  2. What made me smile today?
  3. Who or what inspired me today?
  4. What’s the best thing that happened today?

Of course, when I’m not doing a lot or seeing anyone all day these questions can be challenging to answer, but part of the fun is searching for the positive in the mundane. I encourage you to give this gratitude journaling a try whether you’re in lockdown yourself or not.