Simple Journaling Ideas - Mind and Body Connection
We’ve written much about our experience with journaling many times here on our blog (for example - https://wendybottrell.weebly.com/.../journal-writing-for...). Today we want to share some ideas to help you learn how to kick-start the mind and body with simple journaling ideas.
We began writing on a regular basis just after my mother died in 2015. It was a stressful time and writing was a way to reveal the feelings at that time. Over the past almost 6 years my writing has been something I enjoy, and it is a way to dig deep and clear the challenges I have faced.
You know when things feel overwhelming and jumbled, sorting things out is good advice.
If your mind and body are disconnected and you’re experiencing classic symptoms, it’s important to get to the heart of the matter so you can begin to reconnect the dots between your mind and body.
• Isolating from others
• Aches and pains
• Disinterest in self-care
If you’ve not considered the connection between what your mind is focused on and what your body is experiencing as a result, it’s a good time to do some exploring.
In my experience, Journaling can jump-start the mind and body reconnection.
Journaling doesn’t have to be a burden
If you aren’t a writer or don’t enjoy pouring your heart out onto the page, you can modify your journaling method.
There are many ways to journal.
Try these options for easy-peasy journal entries:
Bullet journals - Bullet journals use snippets of information to express your thoughts, ideas, dreams, goals, tasks, and more. A bullet journal can help you jot down ideas about your mind and body connection. I have found this is a fantastic way to begin and use this on a regular basis in my own journaling.
Art journals - Art journals are great for creative people who can express their thoughts and emotions through imagery. The act of drawing, doodling, or sketching can help ideas flow and thoughts to come together.
Prompt journals - Prompt journals come in all sorts of genres. Choosing a journal that prompts thoughts about your mind and body connection can be helpful. Answering specific questions that help you peel back the layers and direct your focus can help you if you tend to lack direction with journaling.
Prompt journaling is another form of writing that has been super empowering for me.
The thing I have found is that it is important not to censor the writing. Allow the thoughts to come without judgement. This might take some practice not to judge any thoughts that come, and you might just be pleasantly surprised. This is where I have found the most powerful and useful learning.
Some examples of Journal Prompts Might Be:
• What brings you joy?
• What is your favourite memory?
• Describe your perfect day
• What is something you look forward to?
• How has your physical health been lately?
• How has your mental health been lately?
• How can you improve your daily habits?
• How will you improve your morning or nighttime routine?
• Describe your fall self-care routine.
• What are you most grateful for?
These examples clearly show that you do not have to go into great depths to discover the disconnection between your mind and body and what steps you want to take to close the gap.
Journaling helps you track your long-term progress
One of the best things about creating a journaling habit is watching your progress over time. Being able to review your journals over the years will reinforce how far you’ve come and also remind you that your mind and body are connected. Be sure to label your journals and date your entries so you can easily trace backward and revisit your journey.
Journaling is a great way to kick-start your mind and body connection.
Processing your thoughts and the associated experiences in your body in the privacy of your journal is a safe and positive way to change your thoughts and improve your day-to-day life.
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