4 Paths to a Healthy Mind
For many, trying to keep up with the demands of our fast-paced society has the tendency to take its toll on our emotional health. Between trying to balance a career, family, and social life there might not seem like much time for anything else in between. Unfortunately, our busy schedules tend to create extra stress in our lives which isn’t healthy for our minds or bodies. However, there are steps you can take to help manage the stresses that we deal with in our lives on a day to day basis. Picking up your journal and dedicating a few minutes to writing down your thoughts each day is a great way to help manage stress. Read on for 4 ways journaling can help keep your mind happy and healthy.
Path #1: Dedicate 15 mins every day
Make it a ritual and set aside 15 minutes every day as a time to get your thoughts and feelings down on paper. It doesn’t have to be a specific time every day but it can make it easier to remember to write when you dedicate a specific time to writing each day. Many people choose to write before bed because it helps relax their minds, making it easy to transition into sleep. Whatever you choose, make it work for you and remember 15 shouldn’t be a set number; write for as long as you like and as often as you like.
Path #2: Use Pen and Paper
When was the last time you wrote something down on a piece of paper? Typically, when you need to jot something down, your phone will be the first thing that comes to mind. We are constantly surrounded by technology. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing, however, writing with good old-fashioned pen and paper has therapeutic benefits that can’t be gained from looking at a computer screen. Choosing to grab your journal or notebook as your writing source before bed versus your phone or tablet has its benefits as well. The blue light emitted from our phone, computer, and TV screens confuse our bodies into thinking it’s daytime. The effect of the blue light actually suppresses our bodies from making melatonin, a hormone that influences sleep patterns. Opting for your notebook over an electronic device will help you fall asleep faster and stay asleep longer.
Path #3: Write when you feel stressed
Regardless of the time of day, if you’re feeling stressed grab your journal and take a few minutes to write. Writing can benefit your emotional well-being in many ways. Jotting your thoughts down on paper helps you organize those thoughts that might be jumbled around in your head in a confusing manner. Once you get those thoughts down on paper you can view them in a clear and organized manner that will help take the stress out of those thoughts. Reflecting back on thoughts is also helpful when working towards stress reduction. Once you’ve got what you’re feeling down on paper, things might not seem as overwhelming as before.
Path #4: Writing can help you work through a traumatic event
Studies have shown that writing about a traumatic or emotionally damaging event can actually aid in the healing process. Choosing to write these events down on paper can help you see the experience in a different light, and it can aid in distancing yourself from those emotions that have made the experience so traumatic. Often, we don’t want to discuss our feelings in regards to unpleasant events in our lives; when we write these thoughts down we are able to get these thoughts out without fear of judgment by others. Releasing built up emotions is therapeutic, and it’s considered unhealthy to keep these types of feelings bottled up inside.
Here is a list of some of our journals and notebooks for your path to a healthy mind:
Color Essential Notebooks
Debossed Leatherlook Journal
Gold is the New Black Journal
Serenity Now Journal