100 Days of Gratiitude Journal by Olga Gibbs – Book Review

Today I am pleased to be reviewing and promoting the 100 Days of Gratitude Journal by Olga Gibbs. I received a copy of this journal from the author in exchange for feedback and an unbiased view.

Synopsis

This is not your average gratitude journal!

Developed with CBT techniques and containing carefully developed daily prompts and affirmation quotes, this journal will encourage you to look back on the day, on your year, on yourself and your life and give thanks, gently challenging your perception of life.

The journal consists of three 30 day blocks.
Every ten days within a 30 days block, we’ll take a moment to look back and analyse what went well and what didn’t. We will reflect, noting patterns in our thought process, in external and internal stimuli.
Every 20 days we will push our self-acceptance further.
To progress further, we need not only to reflect and understand ourselves, but to dream and look into future, so every thirty days we will dream, setting goals. We need to look into future not with fear, but with hope and strength, knowing that no matter what life throws at us, we will be equipped to take on another challenge and handle it.

Equipped with self-awareness, we will finish “100 days of gratitude” with ten days of writing therapy prompts, noting what we have learned about ourselves and what future resolutions we might have, how those might help in achieving our dreams.

It will become life-changing 5 minutes of your life and solid step in understanding yourself, your life and priorities!

Purchase Link: https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B08LH9BPFZ

My Thoughts

Mental Health issues have been on the rise constantly for years and it’s no surprise that over the past 12 months statistics around poor mental health and condition arising from it are at an all time high.  This year has been tough in so many ways and some days are a huge struggle, even for the most positive amongst us.  I think this journal is such a fabulous way of taking some time out to self-reflect and build on positive mental health strategies you may already use.  

When I first took a look at the 100 Days of Gratitude Journal I was fully expecting a place to log things that I was grateful for but there is so much more in there.  I’ve always felt uneasy at the thought of writing feelings down – positive or negative.  In a weird way I think I always felt that once something is written down, it becomes real and it’s something I don’t relish the thought of.  However, Olga cleverly and gently guides the user through exercises that will ease you in and never feel intimidating.  It looks at balancing focus and reflection between the positive and negative which is excellent for building resilience and the ability to let go sometimes.

It is laid out into sections which are easy to navigate and access:

In the introduction, there is a simple guide on the benefit of journaling and ideas on how to record thoughts in this particular journal.  There is also some interesting reading about why journaling is important and useful.     

Part one takes us through the first 30 days and takes the user gently though getting used to the process of writing about themselves and their thoughts.  For me personally, writings about myself in a positive way is extremely difficult but this structure helped me to do it and to begin to be kinder to myself.   I love the little motivational quotes throughout too. 

Part two continues in the same manner but begins to delve into more negative feelings and thoughts and how to turn them into positives or manage them more.  I liked this as I struggle sometimes to let go or to take a breath and come to terms with the fact that I cannot control others or their actions.  Some of the prompts over this second month also have less structure and take on a more ‘free writing’ form. 

Part three continue but for me it becomes more reflective – asking the writer to look back and think what they have learned, how they have grown etc. 

Overall, this journal really feels as though someone is holding your hand through the process, making it a lot less daunting that I originally thought.  It has a personal feel to it and the gentle build up is really appreciated by me and others alike I am sure.

I really recommend this journal if you are looking for simple, time effective ways to build a more positive self-image and positive mental health.  By giving yourself 5 or 10 minutes at the end of each day to record for each prompt I think you will soon begin to feel the benefits.  It was like have a friend to off load to but who would then turn things around by supporting me to think positively about myself. Highly recommended.

Author Bio – Olga Gibbs

Olga Gibbs is a mental health expert who has experience of working with disturbance in adolescents and young people. Using her Masters in Creative Writing, she explores taboo topics such as borderline personality and social effective disorder, effects of abuse and insecure attachment in young people and the inner world which is so rarely spoken about.
Olga Gibbs is also a creative writing coach and mentor.

Please visit author website http://www.OlgaGibbs.com for more information on upcoming books.

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