5 Things I’m Grateful For This January (2020)

Here’s my monthly post on my gratitude for January!

 

Journalling

For the new year, I decided that I wanted to take up a consistent journalling habit. I was inspired by Dr Chatterjee’s book Feel Better 5 where he gave examples of good ways to journal at the end of the day. So now, as I’m winding down for bed, I get out my journal and write down 3 things that went well that day (something I enjoyed, something I’m grateful for, anything), as well as reframing a moment that I didn’t particularly like, explaining how it made me feel, how I can approach it next time and ultimately forgiving myself for it. For example, using my phone too much throughout the day, or not speaking up for myself. Not only will this help me actually put my stack of notebooks to good use (I’m a bit of a hoarder), but a lot of the time it drowns out the overthinking noise in my head and reminds me of the good parts of the day, so I can go to sleep in peace.

 

Books

One of my goals for this year is to read more books for pleasure, not just those for my degree. I’ve already read 2 books so far which is really good going for me, and it’s made me realise how much I appreciate the books that I have, the writers who write them, and my ability to read. I know for a fact that education has thrown my love of books all over the place, but this month I’ve reunited with that feeling. I’ve started a new bedtime routine where, after I have journalled, I read a book of my choice before I go to sleep, and I think it’s really helped to spark my enjoyment again, as well as improving my sleep.

 

Embracing Stillness and Rest

I’ve always been a bit of a typical introvert in that I love spending time alone to pursue my hobbies, such as reading, writing, blogging, etc. but I equally love being busy and doing things. I feel like this month I’ve just had a lot more space to breathe and I think that’s because I’ve taken more of a chilled out approach to things. I’ve taken the time I need to just sit and contemplate things and not feel guilty for resting. I find it so much easier now to say “no” to things I don’t want to go to, embracing the fact that sometimes I just want to stay home and chill and there is absolutely nothing wrong with that. It means that I have more energy for the things I do want to go to.

 

Playing Music

Since it’s nearing the last four months of my time at university, it got me thinking a lot about the societies and clubs I do here and how I will actually miss them a lot when I leave. One of these is playing the clarinet in Big Band. Although I don’t practice much on my own, I really enjoy playing as a group and creating music that others can listen to and enjoy. This month Big Band released a CD that we recorded last year and we had an album launch at the uni bar where we played some of the pieces and sold the CD’s. I listened to the CD when I got home and it just made me really happy and proud that I could be a part of something so great. It makes me really grateful that my parents encouraged me to start music lessons, particularly my Dad since he is musical too. I think it’s pretty cool that I can play instruments and I don’t remind myself of that enough.

 

Binaural Beats

This is something that I only started experimenting with during the latter half of this month, but wow has it changed a lot in my life. For those of you who don’t know, binaural beats, in summary, is relaxing music that is considered sound-wave therapy – you can find music that is based on different frequencies and waves, such as alpha, beta, theta, etc. Each type of wave has different benefits, but most of them promote relaxation, decrease stress/anxiety and in some cases pain. I found a theta wave video on YouTube for brain fog, since that is something I have struggled with for a year now, and I was absolutely amazed when, even after the first couple listens, my brain fog had just disappeared. I feel like the music is so relaxing, and makes my body feel so heavy and at peace, that it dissipates any underlying stress that is in my body, which a lot of the time I don’t even realise is there. I haven’t felt so present and aware of my surroundings in a long time, and for that I am incredibly grateful to binaural beats. I’m not sure if this is something that will work long-term, but I’m going to continue using it and see what happens. For now, it is a very reassuring sign of hope.

[If anyone wants me to send the video or share any more details about this, drop me a message in the comments or through social media – links below]

 

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What are you grateful for this month?

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10 thoughts on “5 Things I’m Grateful For This January (2020)

  1. Wow – I’ve never heard of binaural beats before! I’m definitely curious about looking that up on YouTube now… and I love the idea of writing down 3 things that went well every day! It sounds like a great habit but I know I would fall out of it so easily, I struggle to remember to bullet journal!

    Great post 🙂

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    • Thank you! they’re definitely worth a try 😊 let me know if you ever want me to send you a link to one!
      And yes, I’m really glad I started journaling! I think because I’ve created a night routine it makes it easier to remember as it’s so ingrained in my head now haha – it’s so easy to forget otherwise!

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  2. I tried listening to binaural beats on spotify after reading this a few days ago & it’s pretty cool! They’re almost so in tune with your brain that it’s like they’re not there…kind of like an intrinsic soundtrack that you don’t even realise is playing. I regularly find myself writing too & love the collection of notebooks I’ve accumulated over the years :)) I’ve also been trying to reignite a childhood love of reading for enjoyment & have been reading a bit before bed..feel like it really allows me to escape to another world & it’s a great way to wind down before going to sleep

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    • Aw that’s really cool! I agree – it’s like a tune in the background that just slows your body and mind right down so you can relax.
      That’s so nice that you’ve been getting back into reading too! I completely agree what you said about escaping to another place and winding down – it stops me from thinking too much! What have you been reading lately?

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      • At the moment I’m reading One Day by David Nicholls (it’s one of those books that I’d seen around everywhere but never got round to reading) Literally just looked it up & seen that it’s also been made into a film which I’ll have to watch once I’ve finished the book! Mostly I read non-fiction so it’s really refreshing to get back into fictional stories again! I have a mini shelf of books on my bedside table with quite a few that are started but unfinished so there’s always something I can choose. What have you been enjoying?

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      • No way – I recently bought that book! I found it in a charity shop and, like you, I’d also heard tons about it but never got round to reading it! (and still haven’t, but one day 😂) I think I might have seen the film version of it aaages ago, but I don’t remember a thing 😅 is it good so far?
        I’ve just finished reading Little Women! I wanted to read it before watching the film, which I will hopefully go see this weekend!

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  3. As if I found mine in a charity shop too!! That’s such a weird coincidence?! Yeah I really like it so far..only a few chapters in but the concept is really cool & feel like it’s become a bit of a modern classic so hoping it’s worth the read! Aww I really wanted to go see that film but still haven’t been! Think I read a penguin version of Little Women when I was younger but have never gone back to it since..would you recommend? Hope you have fun this weekend :))

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    • No way!! Are we the same person?! 😂 that sounds cool! I’ll have to let you know once I eventually read it. Ahh I never read it as a child – it must be quite a different experience! It took me a little while to get into it, but the more I read, the more I enjoyed it 😊 thank you!!

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