By Lily Dulberg, Contributing blogger
The past couple of months have brought unprecedented change into our communities and the world at-large. Staying grounded is not an easy task during these times, but it’s important to take some time to relax and recover. At the end of the day, stress is something that we will always experience. We can't control everything that happens in life, but we can control how we react. Developing coping skills to learn how to react in a way that doesn't send our bodies into fight or flight mode can help us live longer, feel happier and be healthier.
We’ve put together some of our favorite journaling prompts for during the summer months. These five prompts will give you perspective and gratitude to practice mindfulness every day of the week.
What’s something unexpected that you feel grateful for?
In times of turmoil, we often forget to pause and take a deep breath. Research shows that noting your gratitude is good for your mental health. Gratitude practice is a staple in a balanced daily life: it’s simple, quick and versatile. If we try to focus on what’s important and cultivate a sense of gratitude for all that we have, everything else will fall into place.
How have you been able to contribute to your community or family?
Since lots of folks are at home with their families throughout the pandemic, it’s important to focus on the good that comes from spending time with loved ones. Though we may get tired of each other quickly, we can seek the moments of beauty in our connection with family and community. This is a time to come together and support your local community and really connect on a deeper level with your loved ones..
Focus on a mantra or intention for the day.
Try setting an intention to focus on each day: some of our favorites center around gratitude and empowerment, like this 10-minute meditation from Jen Sincero. Guided meditations often provide journaling prompts to think about, so find what resonates with you. Simply writing down four things you’re grateful for at the beginning of the day can totally flip your perspective.
Write down one thing that brought you joy today.
No matter what’s going on in your life, you can notice joy in the little things. Whether it’s a squirrel running through the park or that first sip of your morning coffee, really soak it all in. Research shows that just taking the time to acknowledge these moments of happiness and contentment actually build up your brain’s capacity to experience more of them. Build moments of joy and optimism into your routine.
How has the current state of the world forced me to develop new healthy habits for both myself and for others?
Despite the obvious change, inequity, and stress that the past couple of months have brought about in the world, we have also seen greater connectedness to one another through social media and online platforms. What habits or practices have you been engaging in that feel good? If you can’t think of any, what new practices can you incorporate into your routine to build more happiness and connectedness into your new normal?
There is beauty and opportunity in even the toughest of times. Try focusing on these intentional prompts each day of the week to gain perspective. Let us know how it goes and feel free to share your gratitude practice with us!