Are You Journaling For Your Health?

Journaling can help you in many ways including your health.  Journaling is a habit I am working on creating consistently in my life.  journal1I have been working on adding journaling to my morning routine to help with me be intentional about my life and identify patterns I may not want or I need to change.

There is increasing evidence that supports the idea that journaling has a positive impact on our physical well-being.  Some researchers say it can reduce stress, strengthen your immune system, and even decrease symptoms of asthma and rheumatoid arthritis.  If you are thinking you don’t have time to journal, I would challenge you because of these benefits.

  • You Will Know Yourself Better
  • It Will Reduce Stress
  • It Will Allow You to See the Positive Stuff in Your Life
  • It Will Help You Identify Trends in Your Life

Being intentional about your life is about creating good habits for you. Knowing yourself better will help you gain clarity on your thoughts and feelings. Many times we need to untangle our thoughts which for a lot of us happen through our finger tips and pencil tips. When you journal and combine planning your day your stress level can start much lower which will give you margin for managing issues that may arise.

We all need a positive pat on the back once in a while or at least a reminder of our wins, especially if there is a series of issues that happen. Journaling the positive stuff and wins that happens can definitely help you with your attitude and keep you in a good productive state. We have enough things around us that can pull us off track and anything we can do to keep us in a forward positive state of mind is a good thing.

Lastly, reviewing your journals for trends both good and bad is something everyone should do. It is easy to spot things in a day, but over weeks and months can be difficult. This is probably one of the most important things as living on purpose is watching where you have been AND where you are going. You need to see some of your habits on paper because it can be easy to forget the bad habits day to day.

If you want to improve your performance and productivity start journaling today.

Actions

  • Start Small – journal 5 minutes a day in a notebook for 66 days.
    • Use a notebook as typing can lose the clarity you need.
  • Review your journal on day 67.
  • Identify positive trends.
  • Identify negative trends.
  • Come up with a SMART plan for the negative trends.

Good luck and create a new habit today!!!