Maybe, as a writer, it goes without saying that I love to journal! I have several different journals and none of them are diary-like in any way. Lately, I’ve been hearing so much about the benefits of journaling, that I thought I’d share a few ways that I journal and how they help ease my stress or improve my life in my different roles.
I’ve gone back and forth, on and off of food journaling over the past almost 20 years and I always notice a difference in my health when I track what I eat. I don’t count calories but there’s something about having to write it down that can stop you from grabbing that cookie (or second cookie) and, anytime I am trying to lose any weight, there’s evidence to support what’s happening on the scale.
I mentioned this in my recent post about five ways to lower stress and it really does help lower my stress. When I focus on what I’m thankful for, I realize that I have so, so many things to be thankful for and appreciating the small things makes daily life so much more enjoyable.
When I was pregnant the first time, a fellow fitness instructor said she wrote down some of the funny things her kids said over the years and she would have forgotten them otherwise. That conversation sparked an idea to keep a journal for each of my kids and I am so, so thankful for all of these memories in writing. I still haven’t finished baby books and I’ve regretted not taking more (and longer) videos (especially in the baby months) but I have all of the baby book notes and so much more in their journals!
In a way, this blog is a journal of my experience as a fitness professional and writer and, lately, as I try to bring more of myself and more personality into the blog, my life and lifestyle! I’ve had my doubts and wondered ‘who cares what I’m up to, think, etc.’ but I’ve also heard that when you have something useful or helpful to share, you’re actually being selfish by not spreading the word and I agree!