Lots has been written on the health benefits of regular journaling, so I don’t propose to go over them all again today. I thought it would be good to take a quick look at the specific ways we can use journaling to improve our lives and our minds.
So here we go with J is for Journaling – and how it can improve our lives and our minds.Jesus said, 'You will know the truth, and the truth will set you free' (John 8:32.) But if some of us knew the truth of what we were doing to our health, it might make us very miserable! Click To Tweet
If we are going to know the truth about our lifestyles (and yes, I know that’s not what Jesus was referring to) we need to own up to the truth about our weaknesses and our bad habits. Then we need to get serious about changing those customs which are threatening to destroy the future we long to experience.
What to journal?
- As you’ve read previous posts in this series, or as you read future posts, when something strikes you that needs changing in your life, write it down! Otherwise, you’ll forget!
- Make a written commitment to yourself on paper (or using an app on your smart phone or tablet, for example the fitbit app) of what you’re going to change and how you’re going to go about it.
- Share your commitment with a friend who is willing to be supportive, and promise to keep them up to date (and yes, that includes the times you fail!)
Journal your feelings
This will achieve several things:
- It will get them out of your head and onto the paper (or app).
- It will help you get your feelings into perspective.
- You’ll be able to spot negative thoughts and make plans to deal with them.
Journal your healthy activities
- This will help you monitor those activities that are working for you and identify any others that aren’t worth the effort.
- You will be able to see how you’re getting on, and encourage you to persevere.
- It will help you reach for your goals. As you reach them, you can step them up a little.
How to remember to journal
- use an app, like the fitbit app, which you can set to silent alarms. They may be silent, but they’re very hard to ignore!
- A good app for the iPhone or Mac world is the Momentum Habit Tracker.
- Write it into your wall calendar.
- Record it in your diary.
- Add it to your Google calendar.
In other words . . . keep track. Write down. Record. Journal! Which works best for you?
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