Seeking a happier, healthier you? When was the last time you sat down and reflected on your day? With the demands of our very busy lives, it’s very easy to lose sight of what is important to our emotional and spiritual health. Whether it’s with a lined notebook and your favorite pen, or through an app on your phone or tablet, taking a moment to journal your thoughts, feelings, fears, successes and shortcomings is a very healthy habit to develop.

I have been an active journal keeper for years – not only by pouring my heart out on paper, but also in looking back on what I had written to see how far I’ve come. My journal holds my wishes and dreams and opens the door to daily prayer for wisdom, inspiration, guidance and acceptance.

So we do not lose heart. Though our outer self is wasting away, our inner self is being renewed day by day. (2 Corinthians 4:14, ESV)

Spending even just a few minutes each day checking in with yourself is an effective way of keeping your mind grounded and your soul nourished. My personal preference is to take pen in hand just before bed and use the time to free my mind of the happenings of the day and prepare myself for a restful sleep. But journaling at the start of the day or during your coffee break may be a better time for you.

Tips to successfully incorporate journaling into your life:

  • Find a time that works best with your schedule and make a commitment to dedicate at least five minutes each day to personal reflection
  • Don’t self-censor or over think – your journal is a safe place to own all the feelings that you’re having
  • Use your journal as a metaphor for life – each day is a blank page waiting to be filled with new experiences
  • Review your writing once in awhile to take stock of your achievements and count your blessings, but also to identify and move to change any negative or destructive behaviors that might be sabotaging your success

When I sit down to write these posts I often look back in my journal and find experiences that I’ve had that I know many of you can relate to. My goal in doing so it to let you know that you are never alone. Take comfort in the Word of God. His teachings will help you strengthen your soul and spirit.

Have you successfully used journaling as a tool for healing and self-awareness? As always, I’d love to read your comments.

Get Healthy, Happy, & Fit God’s Way,