By Devin Almonte
Our emotional and physical health is a very important part of each of our lives. In fact, if our emotional health is not good, it's not likely that our physical health will be up to par either. Emotional health is what helps you to reach your full potential; it enables you to work productively and it also helps you to cope with all the stresses of life effectively. It's also difficult to function if your physical health is poor. A little research will show you over and over again the link between emotional and physical health. When you have a healthy emotional state, it’s usually because you are in good physical health.
Want a good way to keep both in balance? Start journaling.
With journaling therapy, which is like writing therapy, the focus is on you; writing down or journaling your internal thoughts, experiences, thoughts and feelings. It can help your emotional and mental clarity, confirming your experiences and coming to a deeper understanding about why you do certain things and think certain things.
This type of journaling can incorporate a review of your physical self. Write down your daily food intake, any aches and pains you might have, supplements or medications you are taking, your sleep habits, time spent outdoors, or any exercise you’ve had for the day. By participating in this type of journaling, you can start to notice areas where you need to improve your physical health. Or maybe you begin to notice a healthy habit that you are doing particularly well that you weren’t aware of before.
The Center of Journal Therapy says that journal therapy is “the purposeful and intentional use of reflective writing to further mental, physical, emotional, and spiritual health and wellness.”
I have been journaling for emotional health consistently (at least 4x per week) for approximately 18 years. I can’t begin to tell you the benefit I have received from this very simple and enjoyable practice. It has helped me understand myself and my emotions on a much deeper level. Writing helps me get “what’s stuck in my head” out on paper.
And more recently, I have been journaling for my physical health. I started this quest after taking 8Greens for several months. I sell 8Greens on QVC and this is one of favorite products at the Q. Why? Because I had noticed such a difference in how I felt. After taking 8Greens daily, it left me wanting to know more about how my physical health was impacting my overall wellbeing. Here are the categories I review daily:
Journal your emotional and physical health for 30 days. Each day, write down your feelings and thoughts. Write down how your physical body feels after your activities for the day. I think you will be amazed at some new discoveries about yourself.
The whole purpose of this type of journaling is to increase insight and awareness in order to promote growth and change; also to further develop the person’s sense of their self.
Always consult your physician before beginning any nutrition regimen. This general information is not intended to diagnose any medical condition or to replace your healthcare professional. Consult with your healthcare professional to design an appropriate program for your needs.
All comments written above are my own opinion and thoughts as it relates to nutrition.
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