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Managing Stress – Write down 3 things you are grateful for every night

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In this short article, learn two interesting ways to reduce stress naturally that costs you almost nothing and may be more effective than solutions that cost you way more money. Lets jump straight in and go to method number 1.

Something to be aware of, if you want to manage stress, and this is a very simple idea which is very easy to actually do, is to write down three things you are grateful for every night. Ideally you would write these down every night in a journal of some kind and ideally you are looking for three things. However if you can not think of three things, do not stress out about it. 🙂 If you think of two or one or none that is OK. The important thing is that you searched. Searching helps by making the brain do some work.

Stressed Out? Learn Interesting Ways To Reduce Stress

If you are stressed out and want to learn interesting ways for managing stress, write down 3 things you are grateful for every night. For instance you could be grateful for a bright sunny day in which you enjoyed a number of enjoyable activities, you might have enjoyed a walk or a run during the day, you might have enjoyed meeting up with someone either in the ‘real world’ for example in a coffee shop or in the ‘virtual world’ for example a facebook chat with an old friend who lives on the other side of the planet.

By writing these things down, remember to every so often to take time out and review a number of your entries. You then remember them with joy and happiness and that helps with stress levels. As well as that, say you had an entry reporting that you enjoyed a day with friends at the zoo, and you have not gone to the zoo for some time, maybe you might think that visiting the zoo with your family might be a good activity. 🙂

A quote from Paulo Coelho

“Live Simply. Dream Big. Be Grateful. Give Love. Laught Lots.” by Paulo Coelho

Still Stressed Out? Here Is Another Interesting Way To Reduce Stress

Lets continue on to method number 2. If something is stressing you out right now, asking yourself silently the “will this be important in 5 years time” question and discovering that the answer is usually no, helps to reduce stress. What has really changed? Nothing, just how you are processing it. Call it a mind trick, however it is one that works more often than not, and is one well worth using if you are stressed.

As you can see, both of these solutions are pretty easy to do straight away. You should consider adding both of them to your list of stress management techniques which you can then use as required.

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If you want to learn a number of different tips on reducing stress in your life, click here to see our tips section. There are some good ones. 🙂

Learning A Number Of Stress Management Techniques In An Online Course Setting

The above two techniques are great, however it you need to learn a number of different stress management techniques in ‘little daily chunks’ for 28 days (or more because the course is self paced), I recommend the online Conscious Stress Management Course. This is a great way to learn a number of different techniques. The course itself encourages you to start doing some techniques on a regular basis to help keep stress at bay. 🙂

Have a look at my review of this course. Click here.


Let me know if you have any applicable thoughts on this great subject by leaving your applicable thoughts below. Many thanks. 🙂

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4 thoughts on “Managing Stress – Write down 3 things you are grateful for every night”

  1. Hello there! I’m a college student and I’m stressing out because there’s a lot of exams and projects that I need to do. I read your article about managing stress and I found it very informative and interesting. I want to try it but is it effective in my situation? And if so, do I need to write 3 things that I’m grateful for that day or just in general? I really appreciate your response.

    • Hello John,

      The main benefit of writing down 3 things that you are grateful for is that it lets your mind de-focus away from the things that may be stressing you. You try to do it every night.

      The things can be in general however I think it is better if it is something very specific for that day. For example, having good health is general however a really important one. Having good health which allowed you to enjoy a really enjoyable hike with friends would be very specific.

      There may be times when you can not think of 3 things, so you try to think of 2 things on those nights.

      There may be times when you can not think of 2 things, so you try to think of 1 thing on that night.

      There may be times when you can not think of 1 thing, know that the process of just searching helped.

      Also by writing them down in a journal, you could review the journal and that would bring you joy and happiness when you recall those things that you are grateful for. Remember when you are going that, your mind is de-focused away from the things that may be stressing you.

      The really important thing is not to get stressed out doing this. So just give yourself a few minutes to do it, and if you think of things, great, write them down. If you do not think of things, know that the process of just searching helped. 

      Good luck in your exams,


  2. I completely agree with this! It works when you are not stressed also. Doing this helps you to realise that life could be worse and take notice of the good things that happen to you everyday. It’s easier to have a negative outlook especially with bad news coming through our airwaves all the time but we have to make a conscious effort to be positive. Thanks for the reminder.

    • Hi Thea,

      That’s great. One additional thing that I do now, is that I got a small notebook, and I enter my 3 things that I am grateful for in that small notebook most days since I got the small notebook. I have filled it every day for the last 39 days, except for 3 days, so I am pretty proud about that. Most of the time, I find that I am not duplicating earlier things that I am grateful for, which is great. It takes a bit of effort though, however I think it is well worth it.

      The cost of implementing this idea is next to nothing along with a small time commitment towards the end of each day to actually think about what you are grateful for and to note it down. I learned a number of stress management techniques in the Conscious Stress Management course which I find useful and which help me to manage my stress levels. Click here to read my review of the Conscious Stress Management course. I find that knowing more stress management techniques helps me to manage my stress.


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