Do you journal? And why should we?
I journal almost daily. I make it my daily habit. (I was going to say “try” but my know-it-all over-achieving daughter told me NOT to use the word “try”)! Sometimes my journal ends up looking like a business spreadsheet, which my life/business coach says “That’s okay”! But she is always trying to make me feel good about myself! Haha.. and yes, that is a good thing. Here is something that helps keep me, let’s say, on track. If there is such a thing as “on track” for journaling.
Here are the five questions I ask myself.
What am I grateful for?
How will I move my body today?
How will I show love today?
How will I move the needle today?
What lesson or lessons did I learn yesterday?
It’s interesting to see which questions are answered freely, easily and which you might struggle with. And of course, some days things flow more depending upon so many variables. It makes me feel good to write, so that is my purpose to put my thoughts on paper. It is always fun and interesting to look back on how far I’ve come with my goals and thoughts in general.
In my next blog, I’ll share with you “How to get the most out of future self-journaling, from a “real expert”! Not a journal wanna-be writer like me! Nicole Le Pera is a holistic psychologist (I didn’t know there was such a thing either!) who I recently started following. She really fascinates me!
Do you journal? Tell me your story or your process. I’d love to hear about it. Email me at email@example.com.
We will dive into these types of things at our retreat in September 2020 at El Rancho Robles in Oracle, Arizona. Be sure to pay attention to posts and eblasts about when registration opens!
Read more about journaling from Psych Central:
There is increasing evidence to support the notion that journaling has a positive impact on physical well-being. University of Texas at Austin psychologist and researcher James Pennebaker contends that regular journaling strengthens immune cells, called T-lymphocytes. Other research indicates that journaling decreases the symptoms of asthma and rheumatoid arthritis. Pennebaker believes that writing about stressful events helps you come to terms with them, acting as a stress management tool, thus reducing the impact of these stressors on your physical health.
Scientific evidence supports that journaling provides other unexpected benefits. The act of writing accesses your left brain, which is analytical and rational. While your left brain is occupied, your right brain is free to create, intuit and feel. In sum, writing removes mental blocks and allows you to use all of your brainpower to better understand yourself, others and the world around you.