Every morning when Lynnaire wakes up, she writes what she is grateful for in a journal.
It’s a quick, simple task but it has had a profound effect on the 26-year-old – and has helped her have the best 2018 she could imagine.
Her gratitude journal has been an essential part of her day since September 2017.
“I started because I had just opened my own business and it isn’t easy, so practising gratitude helps me relieve stress and anxiety and helps me appreciate what I actually do have, so it shows the universe what I am grateful for and helped me have a successful business to this day,” Lynnaire told Mamamia.
Taking this step each morning has drastically improved her mental health and encouraged a positive mindset, which flows into every aspect of her life.
“I have noticed that I am so much happier in life and with my business… I find good things come out of my day instead of bad. I notice if I don’t write in my journal on a weekly basis when I have bad days, they stay bad and I find it hard to pick myself back up but when I do write in my journals it makes me feel positive and happy during the day.
“It has definitely helped my mental health as I use to suffer from anxiety and would get anxious about little situations, so it definitely has improved it as when I do notice that I am getting anxious I will practise gratitude and change my mindset.”
Practising gratitude has also helped her realise what is most beneficial for her and what she enjoys – which is getting up early for a walk and to watch the sunrise.
“I used to be a gym junkie and I thought that’s what helped with my anxiety, but after a year of writing in gratitude journals I have found I dislike going to the gym now and now I write in my journals and practise gratitude to help with my anxiety and it really works.”