"What do you mean?"
"I'm just not feeling excited about much in life right now. I'm actually feeling a bit overwhelmed and stressed. I feel like I can't get past the obligations in my life to reach the goals I really want to pursue. I'm just down and irritable."
"Ahh, I get it. That's no fun. I can tell you though, you're not alone. In fact, I often feel those things too."
"So then what do you do to push through it? You seem like you have your stuff together."
" I address it. Specifically, I write about it in a daily journal."
"Journaling!? Like keeping a diary?"
"If you want to call it that, then sure. It's just an opportunity to spend some time gaining some personal self-awareness by putting pen to paper and writing out what's on your mind. The simple act of writing out what's on your mind makes you feel better because you've gotten it off your chest, so to speak. Although, the benefits go far beyond that, and you can actually alter your mindset and positive outlook by doing it daily and identifying things you're grateful for in your life."
"I'm not convinced. I don't have time to even eat lunch every day let alone write in a daily journal ."
"Yeah, but I would argue that if you try it for two weeks and only spend 10 to 15 minutes writing per day, you'll notice a positive difference in your mood, outlook, energy and productivity."
Well, there is actually proven science that says that daily journal writing can not only improve your mindset, but it can promote other physical health benefits too. Here's an article that explains some of those benefits.
As a musician/artist/writer I tend to journal a lot to foster my creative process, but lately I've been more cognoscente about my journaling.
Specifically, I've been identifying things that bother me or cause me anxiety as well as things I'm grateful for and actions I know I need to take to reach goals of mine.
In doing so, I've noticed my mood and energy level has increased and I'm more present, engaged and productive with whatever I'm working on in any given moment.
So, I built a specific journaling system help others use daily journaling to meet goals and improve their mood and mindset over time.
The idea is to nourish the mind, body and soul through daily writing that gives you brief guides related to how you can make this work for you and measure your progress/mood over time.
It's called the Provision Journal, which is a proactive daily journaling system for achieving a better vision and version of one's self.
Posted by: Nick Venturella