These days, everyone is always in such a hurry. Our busy schedules are the reason why we like fast, convenient healthy products that are filled with veggies, like Medlie!
In addition to getting our veggies in, we also need to find time to relax and nourish ourselves in other ways. Being healthy isn’t just about the nourishment we give our body, it’s also about what we are feeding our mind and soul.
So, how do we do that? Things like self-care, healing modalities, exercise, and nature are often the go-to ways that people recharge their minds and souls. Today, I want to chat with you about one of my favorite ways that I believe often gets overlooked — journaling!
Maybe it’s because people think they are not a “writer”, or that they have to do it a “certain way”, but that’s actually the coolest thing about journaling — you can completely make it your own practice. You do not have to overthink it at all, just write! Journal entries are only for you — all you need to do is center yourself, take some deep breaths, and write as little or as much as you want.
Here are my top six reasons why journaling is such an amazing tool:
Get all those thoughts out of your head and onto paper. Sometimes, writing out your truth feels and sounds so different on paper than in your head. There is so much power in our words, and so much clarity comes when we put pen to paper and are honest with ourselves.
Just like when you talk to a non-biased party like a therapist or life coach, writing and reading your thoughts back can be the honest self-reflection you need to get out without judgment.
Sometimes we get amazing thoughts and ideas — but do nothing about them. Writing encourages following through! Need help jogging your memory? Books like “The Artist’s Way” are specifically meant to journal for creativity.
Having a gratitude journal is a great way to start journaling — because it’s a way to start writing, and it's super EASY! Just write three things you are grateful for each day, at any time of the day. You could also write why you are grateful, or ask yourself “What is going well for me right now”?
Writing your goals and dreams as if they are already coming to fruition is the BEST way to make them happen. Dream it, see it, believe it!
We have all been there…. it’s the end of the day, and we need to start shutting down our minds to relax — but it seems impossible! Maybe you try some deep breathing or meditation, but you just can’t seem to quickly let go of your thoughts. This is where I find journaling super effective and basically an “active meditation.” It can be really soothing, calming and even help put you to sleep.
And the absolute best part about journaling is that you only need a notebook (or paper) and something to write with. You can do it anywhere and make it your own! You can buy journals that you find fun, use any writing utensil that suits you, draw, doodle, color, WHATEVER on your pages. It can be serious or fun. It’s completely and totally up to you!
Hope this inspires you to grab a bottle of Medlie for some seriously delicious brain fuel, sit down with a journal and nourish yourself — mind, body, and soul. Wellness from the inside out!
— Jaclyn Sanguinetti, Life, Wellness and Whole30 Coach, and owner of Mind Body Soul and Sparkles