A wellness journal can positively impact your mental health. Journaling your feelings and experiences is a mindfulness practice that helps with stress reduction and clarity. This habit can also help you create a "space" of self-awareness to connect deeply with your feelings, promoting reflection and establishing acceptance of those feelings, whether positive or negative.
Some of the benefits you can get from a diary:
- Improving your emotional health.
- Help in organizing your thinking.
- Strengthening self-awareness.
- Stimulating your creativity.
The iToocan team encourages you to get started, with some tips for your first steps:
1. Organize your thoughts
What topic do you want to write about? What happens; How do you feel; What are you thinking; What do you want;
2. Reconsider or think
Revise or reflect. Close your eyes. Take three deep breaths. Concentrate. You can start with "feeling" or "today"...
Investigate your thoughts and feelings. Start writing and keep writing. If you get stuck, close your eyes and reset your mind. Re-read what you have already written and keep writing.
Write for 5-15 minutes. Write the start time and estimated end time at the top of the page. If you have an alarm/timer set it. Try to find a pleasant place to sit comfortably, take advantage of this moment and make it a self-care moment of the day.
5. Make a smart close
Finish by re-reading what you wrote and writing a sentence or two: "As I read this, I notice-" or "I know-" or "I feel-". Note any action steps you need to take.
There are several ways to do this, depending on your writing style. You just have to try it!
The iToocan team