In our daily lives, we are bombarded with stimuli, from our phones, televisions and the world around us. We are so connected to technology that we more often than not lose the more important connection to ourselves. This can lead us down the wrong path, to make choices and decisions that have a negative impact and conflict with our inner nature.

So how can we reconnect with our true selves and put ourselves back on the path that leads us to the destination we truly seek in our lives? The first thing that pops into your mind may involve simply getting away from society, a retreat of sorts. While connecting with nature has its merits, it doesn’t necessarily foster a greater connection to the self and can be prohibitively costly in terms of both time and money, resources that people commonly lack.

What if I told you that reconnecting with yourself doesn’t require travel or money and can be done at any time or in any place? This is the draw of journaling, a new but quickly growing trend in the wellness industry. The practice involves keeping a journal and posting daily or frequent entries to evoke a heightened sense of appreciation for oneself.

The biggest draw is its simplicity. Just open up a journal, preferably a new one to start on a clean slate, write the date on the top of the page and begin writing. Some people like to write about their present feelings while others like to list the things for which they are appreciative. Another strategy involves writing down your goals, either short and/or long term. Or you can simply write whatever comes to your mind first, a more creative exercise.

Writing about your feelings, whether positive or negative, can in effect remove them from existing solely in your mind, thus allowing you to look at them objectively. This can bring balance, so that you don’t get overly optimistic or overly pessimistic in response to the inner feelings that pop up at random and out of your control, giving you power over them. Writing your goals can serve as a declaration of intent that can further propel you toward achieving them. As for free writing, acts of pure creativity can give you an especially profound boost.

For these reasons, it is often recommended to journal upon waking up, to sort out your thoughts before taking on the day. Some like to journal at night as well, in order to be able to go to bed without any lingering thoughts, especially those of a negative nature. If you find meaning and personal benefit in the practice, you may even journal day and night.

The end goal of the practice is to promote a sense of well-being by eliminating the habit of “living in your head,” a terrible state of mind that is often at the crux of most psychological disorders. Like spring cleaning, journaling can help you clear out your mind and organize your various thoughts into separate compartments for a cleaner mental space.

Whatever happens, don’t discount the negative thoughts and only promote the positive. This can lead to further repression of thoughts. Whether negative or positive, put it on paper and don’t be ashamed of yourself. These are, after all, private thoughts, and for better or worse, what makes you unique. Keep the journal in a safe space to avoid prying eyes.

There is no shortage of companies online that sell “mindfulness journals,” but doesn’t that go against the simplicity of the very idea itself? Don’t fall into the trap of thinking you need to buy a fancy journal in order to journal, unless you see something that truly speaks to your inner being. In most cases, a college-ruled composition book will do fine.

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