4 Reasons to Start a Mindfulness Journal
What is mindfulness? Most of us have come across the term at one point or another but might not be aware of what true mindfulness actually is or how it can be applied to benefit our everyday lives. It is common for people to confuse mindfulness for meditation. Although meditation can be used as a way of practicing mindfulness, mindfulness is a mental state that allows us to experience life fully and in the present moment.
Practicing Mindfulness will help improve your relationships with others.
By actively practicing mindfulness you’ll make interactions with others more controlled and thoughtful. Often times people will react to situations negatively that really have nothing to do with them, instead of thinking beforehand and being aware that you don’t know what the other person is going through or dealing with at the time of the negative interaction. Surprisingly, a positive reaction to a negative interaction has the tendency to help the person with the negative attitude which ends up benefiting all parties involved. Practicing mindfulness is huge for your personal and family relationships because it gives you the tools to deal with conflicts and disagreements in a more productive manner, improving the overall quality of your relationships.
Practicing mindfulness helps you take control of your thoughts.
The funny thing about our thoughts is that we have the power to control them. Often times our thoughts can be overwhelming and practicing mindfulness enables us to take a step back and realize that it is within our power to change those thoughts. With a little bit of practice, being conscious that we are in control of our own thoughts does wonders for our attitude and mood.
Practicing mindfulness helps combat stress.
Stress is a killer (literally), so it’s important for our overall emotional and physical health that we try to minimize stress in our lives as much as possible. Recently studies have shown that the practice of mindfulness for stress reduction can actually lower the body’s level of inflammation (pretty cool right?). Taking time to breathe and being aware of the control you have on your thoughts and attitude are the first steps towards a more stress-free lifestyle.
Practicing mindfulness helps increase your level of gratitude.
The happiest people are grateful people. It’s hard to be unhappy when you’re happy with what you have and not constantly comparing yourself to others. In a society where social media puts extravagant homes, cars, and vacations on display it can be very easy to get down about why your life isn’t like the lives of the people you follow on social media. Instead, practicing mindfulness and taking the time to realize how grateful you are for everything in your life will increase your overall happiness and quality of life.
Begin your practice of mindfulness with a journal.
There are many ways to practice mindfulness in order to reap the benefits listed above. One of the easiest ways to start is through journaling. Starting a mindfulness journal is a great way to become more self-aware and increase your overall happiness and quality of life. Get into the habit of journaling every day, write down your thoughts and feelings and anything you’ve noticed about yourself and the interactions you’ve had with others. Your mindfulness journal will become a powerful tool as you’ll be able to look back and see how you overcame a negative thought or situation. A mindfulness journal is a great tool to have as it allows you to reflect on past interactions with others. Questions you might want to ask yourself are: Could I have handled that situation better? Why am I having these thoughts and what can I do to change them? Having these questions and answers down on paper will help you see where you have room for improvement and how your thoughts have the power to shape your moods.
With a little practice, you’ll be on your way to reaping the benefits of mindfulness with your mindfulness journal in no time!