Do you write in a journal or a diary? I love my journal. In my notebook/journal I write down what goes on in my life; dreams, plans, emotions, goals, what I am grateful for etc. My “journaling time’ is time dedicated just for Me and it makes me honour my feelings and thoughts and it makes me aware of them.
I have not really thought too much off it until now – but every time I take a break from journaling I start feeling less effective, more stressed and emotional.
So, I decided to do a little “research” about this….and I found lots of articles and books about how beneficial “journaling” is for our health and wellbeing.
Here are some of the reasons why journaling can make you feel better:
– By journal writing about what you believe in, why you believe it, how you feel and what your goals are, you better understand your relationships to those things. You must sort out all that mental clutter and provide details on why you do what you do and feel what you feel.
– Journaling gets what’s happening in your life on paper (or on a blank canvas), it’s gets it out of your brain and on to the paper (canvas) and this seems to create some space in our minds. This empties the mind, allowing allocation of precious resources to problem-solving rather than problem-storing.
– Journaling is time dedicated to just You and your thoughts and feelings and this is important for our wellbeing.
– Journaling means that you communicate honestly with yourself and this makes you prepared to talk and listen to others with more understanding and compassion.
– Journaling can clear away lingering words, problems, anxieties, doubts, problems, unresolved issues etc.
– Journaling makes us understand our past, present and future.
– As journaling improves mental clarity, you become more open to insights you may have missed before. You are kind of having a dialogue with yourself when journaling and this draws out insights that you probably otherwise would have missed. It improves our ability to see our lives in the big picture.
– Journaling kind of makes us stop and a look at what’s going on. Life happens and it can happen fast and by journaling we kind of stop and slow down to notice what is happening and how we got there. It can monitor things like mood swings, patterns but also if you are changing. It allows us to see if we have taken and misstep and to make sure it does not happen again. Journaling can make you learn from your mistakes.
– You will grow from journaling. You can look back and learn from what went right and also from what went wrong.
“Don’t ever forget that you are unique
Be your best self and not an imitation of someone else.
Find your strengths and use them in a positive way.
Don’t listen to those who ridicule the choices you make.
Travel the road that you have chosen and don’t look back with regrets.
You have to take chances to make your dreams happen.
Remember that there is plenty of time to travel another road – and still another –
in your journey through life.
Take the time to find the route that is right for you.
You will learn something valuable from every trip you take,
so don’t be afraid to make mistakes.
Tell yourself that you’re okay just the way you are.
Make friends who respect your true self.
Take the time to be alone, too,
so that you can know just how terrific your own company can be.
Remember that being alone doesn’t always have to mean being lonely.
It can be a beautiful experience of finding your creativity, your heartfelt feelings,
and the calm and quiet peace deep inside you.
Please don’t forget ever that you are special and very much loved.”
This was written by Jacqueline Schiff
I arrived back in Australia, after have spent a month in Sweden, last night. Adjusting to a completely different time zone is not easy. My sleeping pattern are just all over the place. It’s now 10.30pm and I feel like it’s time to start the day! It will no doubt take me a few days to get back into a normal sleeping routine again. Lack of sleep effects me a lot. I get emotional, don’t think clearly etc. It might be ok to experience lack of sleep during shorter periods but if we don’t get enough sleep long-term, it will have a very negative effect on our wellbeing. Sleep is very important and perhaps we need to pay more focus on it to feel good and happy.
Are you getting enough sleep?
Did you know that we spend about one third of our lives asleep – or at least some of us…others do not see the importance of sleep and I would therefore like to talk about this essential activity.
Sleep is actually a required activity. I am sure you all recognize and feel the importance of sleep. We need to sleep. It is important for normal motor and cognitive function. Sleep is required for survival.
I am sure most of you feel the changes after a good sleep. We feel rested and more alert. Lack of sleep can cause serious problems such as difficulty concentrating, loss of energy, fatigue and emotional instability.
Some people who suffer sleep disorders are unaware of it and have not been diagnosed or treated for their disorder. Lifestyle factors and undiagnosed or untreated sleep disorders can cause problem sleepiness. Problem sleepiness can be deadly. Each year many accidents occur due to drivers who were “asleep at the wheel” and it can also cause work accidents. It can also affect our learning abilities and how we think.
So, it is very important for us all to get enough sleep.
Here are some interesting facts that I found when I was reading about sleep:
• The average human will spend 1/3 or their life sleeping, which equates to about 20 – 25 years over 75 Year life span.
• It’s impossible to tell if someone is really awake without close medical supervision. People can take cat naps with their eyes open without even being aware of it.
• Dreams may not serve any purpose at all but be merely a meaningless byproduct of two evolutionary adaptations – sleep and consciousness.
• Sleep strengthens memory and extracts information from within the day, sleep actually “extracts the meaning of your day”.
• Sleep walking & sleep talking are more common in children than adults. Children generally have no memory of such events, usually do not require treatment, and usually outgrow the disorder.
• Sleep loss affects personal safety on the road.
• The record for the longest period without sleep is 18 days, 21 hours, 40 minutes during a rocking chair marathon. The record holder reported hallucinations, paranoia, blurred vision, slurred speech and memory and concentration lapses.
• Dreams, once thought to occur only during REM (Rapid Eye Movement) sleep, also occur (but to a lesser extent) in non-REM sleep phases. It’s possible there may not be a single moment of our sleep when we are actually dreamless
• Anything less than five minutes to fall asleep at night means you’re sleep deprived. The ideal is between 10 and 15 minutes, meaning you’re still tired enough to sleep deeply, but not so exhausted you feel sleepy by day.
• Sleeping over nine hours per night (for an adult) is just as bad as sleeping 6 or less.
• Daytime naps improve memory! It also helps you remember important facts.
• It seems that the body processes sugar while in deep sleep, if you don’t sleep well sugar levels in your body will rise dramatically.
• Teenagers need as much sleep as small children (about 10 hrs) while those over 65 need the least of all (about six hours). For the average adult aged 25-55, eight hours is considered optimal
• Being awake for 17 hours straight is the equivalent of performing at a blood alcohol level of 0.05%.
I recently found this Ted talk about sleep which I found very informative. Take a look.
Russell Foster who is a Circadian neuroscientist studies sleep and its role in our lives and examines how our perception of light influences our sleep-wake rhythms.
Improve your life by being Grateful
How often do you think about how good life is? Do you think about the things you have in life, whatever it is (your family, friends), how you live; are you grateful for your health?
Well, I think about how grateful I am for many things Daily. There are so many things to be grateful for! I have what a call my “Love Journal” and that is the Journal I write all the things I am grateful for in.
To me Gratitude means thankfulness, to notice the simple pleasures in life, it means learning to live life as if everything is a miracle. It means realizing that we are really living in Paradise Now! It means realizing being aware of how much “I am given in life”.
Being grateful brings the focus from what your life lacks to noticing all the abundance around you. I believe this has tremendous impact on our wellbeing. It certainly makes me happier and makes me less stressed. I also think it can make relationships improve and I certainly believe it improves your health.
Why don’t you give this a go?
I suggest you start writing a journal too. Write 5 or even 10 things you are grateful for each day and watch your life slowly transform. This is cause you start to feel lucky and fortunate, and as you create these feelings, more of them will come into your life.
I guarantee that it will improve your outlook on life and thus improve your wellbeing.
Remember the things we tend to take for granted in life too, such as your ability to hear and speak, your home, your health etc.
There are so many simple treasures in life…it’s just a matter of remembering them and be grateful for them. So, start today to bring gratitude to your experiences, instead of waiting for a positive experience in order to be grateful.
Have a truly blessed day!