• Kathryn Welsh

A thanks before bed

We are all told to give our thanks, but how many of us remember to give thanks to the smallest of things?

It was some years ago that I first heard about gratitude, as in writing down what we are thankful for each day, as a tool for self help and spirituality. Yet, it wasn’t until late last year when I bought myself a fancy journal that I began to make it a daily thing. (Admittedly, I’ve had a wobble of late, days, or a week would go by without writing anything as life has over took, though I’m taking steps to get back on track – progress, not perfection!)

I started the journal to really get things off my chest, that in reality I didn’t want to discuss with another person. I also wanted it to be a place for me to write creative ideas, spiritual thoughts and make it a little escape. At the end of each writing, I have written what I am thankful for.

According to Forbes, there are scientific benefits to gratitude (https://www.forbes.com/sites/amymorin/2014/11/23/7-scientifically-proven-benefits-of-gratitude-that-will-motivate-you-to-give-thanks-year-round/#4e2afbea183c ) , which include improving mental/physical/psychological health, better sleep and improved self esteem. Personally, I think it has helped me put things in perspective, to help move my focus from something that is perhaps abit negative , onto something uplifting and positive, which in turn enhances spiritual growth.

All it takes is 5 minutes at the end of the day. You could have a special notebook that you use for this purpose next to your bed that you use as part of your bedtime routine. Don’t over think it, and don’t have fear of judgement that people will think your being daft – no one will know unless you tell them. If you’re stuck, think of the littlest daily things that are often over looked – the 10 minutes in the morning you enjoyed your coffee, the sun shining into your house, a shared laugh with a loved one. Write either a set amount, or as many as you like, and feel yourself becoming more positive and grateful for what you have experienced.

Here are a few of mine from my journal, that I am truly grateful for:

  1. My Dad driving over to pick me and Rose (my daughter) up and taking us to town so I could buy her some clothes.

  2. Coming home to see Chris (my husband).

  3. Cuddles, kisses and giggles with Rose

  4. Seeing the sun and earth waking up after winter while walking to the shops.

  5. Having the time to cook root veg crumble

  6. For having a loving supportive family

  7. Hearing Rose’s baby chatter

  8. Our bedroom re-decorating nearly finished – our room is cozy and warm from the outside storms

  9. Mum coming to visit us (she does every Tuesday)

  10. Chris helping me do housework in the evening – I felt less stressed and was able to have ‘me’ time. I thanked him for this

Enjoy expressing your thanks, and see that even on the darkest days, there’s a little light.

Kathryn x

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