Thursday, July 14, 2011

Journaling for your Health, Happiness & Healing

I am often met with a look of resistance when I speak to my clients about the journaling homework they need to do in-between our coaching sessions.

After the look, they start spouting off excuses, such as, "I'm not a good writer," "I don't like to write," "I can't spell," "I don't know what to write about," "I don't have time."

Many people simply don't understand the power of journaling. The truth is that journaling is one of the best things you can do for yourself.

Here's an interesting tidbit about how it works -- writing uses your left brain, which is the analytical and rational side. So, while you keep your left brain busy by putting your thoughts on paper, you allow your right brain a chance to open up and be creative. This helps you understand yourself and those around you better and allows you to come up with creative solutions to the challenges you are facing. 

Here are the top 5 reasons you should make time to journal:
  • Journaling helps you clarify your thoughts and feelings
  • Journaling helps you get to know yourself better
  • Journaling helps you reduce stress
  • Journaling helps you solve problems 
  • Journaling helps you heal relationships with others

Here's how you get started:
  • Buy a journal and pen that you love
  • Find quiet place
  • Set the mood with a candle or cup of tea
  • Journal at the same time each day for 15-20 minutes
  • Write without editing or censoring

Here's what you can write about:
  • Write about what makes you happy
  • Write about what makes you sad
  • Write about your goals and dreams
  • Write about what you want to accomplish that day
  • Write a letter to yourself
Contact me if you would like more information!

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