Ever want to just get out of your head for a little while?
Wish all the noise and static and constant chatter in your head and heart would just hush?
Struggling to figure out something, but don't know what to do?
There is a great amount of evidence out there to support the fact that journaling often can bring you to a healthier, happier, more content frame of mind.
Carve out some time to write. Write in the morning, while the world is still and before the busyness of the day gets in the way. Or write in the evening, to bring you clarity and unwind. It's suggested that you write for at least 15-20 minutes.
It takes some discipline. I've journaled off and on for years, but in the last two weeks I have started journaling every single day for 20 minutes. I treat it equally as important as exercise. I set the timer on my phone, shut off all other distractions and just write. Sometimes there will be things on my mind that I want to address, but sometimes I will just sit down and write randomly, and journal about whatever comes to mind.
And that's the key - even if you think you have nothing to write about, sit down and write. Something. Anything. Because before you know it, your mind will take over and you'll start uncovering the things you need to at that particular time.
So with that in mind, I am going to start posting at least one journaling topic each month. I will be writing about it too. It will help to keep me accountable and I hope bring you some self-discovery, some self-love, maybe some much-needed healing, and hopefully some joy.
Find this month's topic below.
A Love Note to Our Bodies
We are so hard on our bodies.
Negative self-talk fills our heads. It's so freaking easy to go there. Comparisons. Social pressure. Ads. You know all this.
So let's change the negative chatter.
Send your body some love. Thank it for the things it does for you. Change the way you perceive your body. Nourish it with love and acceptance.
I LOVE this campaign from Kickstarter, and what she's doing to help change perceptions. To help us love our bodies for what they are.
Writing Prompt: Spend at least 15 minutes writing a love note to your body. Acknowledge the good, good, wonderful things it does for you every day. Focus on the positive. Don't make promises that will become an endless cycle of self-loathing (i.e. I will lose 15 pounds!). This is not the point of this exercise. The point is to love the body you have right now, at this very moment.
It's such an important thing.
I hope you'll join me in this exercise.
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The Road is Home
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Sharon Covert Photography
The Define School
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Fox & Owl Studio
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What I've Been Reading
The Girls by Emma Cline
A Land More Kind Than Home by Wiley Cash
Dark Places by Gillian Flynn
Never Broken by Jewel
Hold Still by Sally Mann