One journal entry a day keeps the doctor away…
-By Dana Jean Costantino
It’s a phrase often said “An apple a day keeps the doctor away” and whether or not there’s any truth to that it may never be fully known, but I have my own theory and that involves keeping a diary. Gratitude journals, diaries, daily journals, doodles in notebooks in any form, placing a pen or pencil in hand and putting it on paper to record certain thoughts, intentions or feelings has shown great help in the mental clarity, focus and creating calm. It is also a positive way to set goals, bring out emotions and ideas and work through them.
We live in an increasingly electronic age. Between computers, cellphones, iPads, smart TVs, and smart homes, many people never even read a book or magazine or write down a thought with a pen or pencil. The idea of taking time away from screens even causes anxiety in many people. Although the truth in many cases is that more anxiety is produced by the constant attachment to texting and emailing and checking social media and feeling like you’re missing out if you don’t.
By taking even five minutes a day to get away from all electronic devices to sit with our thoughts and write them down, we reset ourselves. And we have to reset. If we think of it in electronic terms, it’s actually like “rebooting a computer” – we have to take a moment to remember that we’re human. We are not machines and we need to connect, not only with ourselves, but with the tangibility of the world around us.
I recently discovered the Lee Hope Gratitude Journal on Amazon and have started keeping a journal of the yoga classes I take as well as writing daily positive affirmations and ideas for self-improvement. Somehow, taking those few minutes every day to do this has given me extra calm. I recommend to try. Start a thirty-day journaling practice and see how you feel. What have you learned? What have you changed in your life? Do you feel better when you step away from electronics for even a few minutes a day? I bet if you do this you will discover something new about yourself and isn’t that a blessing, no matter what age or stage of life we are in, we can always” restart” and clear the cobwebs. Hope the journaling helps!
Photo credit: Dana Jean Costantino
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