Why keep a Journal?
I love keeping a journal- I am able to write down all my highs and lows so they don't stay bottled up. This helps me understand each situation better because I can analyze it when I can read through it again. I currently have this really cool day planner (from target) that helps remind me to write down my thoughts. Each day there is a section for my "daily gratitude." By writing down what I'm thankful for each day helps keep my energy high and my mood positive. At the top of each page for the week there is a line for my "Weekly Intention." I usually pick something different each week, but it wouldn't be a terrible thing to repeat an intention the following week. They say it takes 21 days to make or break a habit! In addition, at the end of each week there's a blank box with a few lines on it. Since it's a day planner, some might use it to remind them things to do, but I just write that down on each day. Instead, I use this small box as my journal for the week. I'm not forced to write down any long story, just a sentence or two that stood out to me this week. Takes less than 3 minutes.
Yoga is the best meditation and mind clearer for me. Once I enter the studio, my mind wanders into a different world. A more relaxed, more focused world. I take my yoga classes at CorePower Yoga. There are different kinds (C1 the easiest, Sculpt being the hardest with a heated room and weight training involved) and it really depends on my mood to determine which one I take. Regardless of the level, there is always an intention set when the class begins. This helps me remind myself to focus on my intention and understand my areas of improvement. They will always offer up an intention, just in case you can't find one that suits you at the time.
Reading a good book that you're interested in, really gets your mind off of anything going on in your life. I just finished a really good murder mystery novel a little bit ago that I never wanted to put down. It was called Sharp Objects, by Gillian Flynn . This book is actually a series on HBO now, which I now want to watch.
You don't realize how important sleep is until you haven't gotten enough of it. Getting 7-8 hours of sleep every night is so crucial to your mental stability, functionality, memory, metabolism, and mood each and every day. So put that phone down and go to sleep! Speaking of sufficient sleep and putting down your phone, there is a setting that can help you wind down and fall asleep. Your phone (or any electronic device) automatically projects a blue light. This blue light is proven to make your brain stay alert and keep you awake. There is a setting on your iPhone that allows you to turn your screen into a "night mode" in which it will project a "red" light, instead of the typical "blue" light. This red screen is said to help calm you down and relax you, which in turn makes it easier to fall asleep.
How to turn "night mode" on your iPhone: (For most phones, if you slide up from the main screen, you should find it there too) There should be a setting on your android for this too.
For manual use (iPhone):
- Open up the Settings app.
- Scroll to the Display & Brightness section. ...
- Tap on "Night Shift."
- Tap on the "Manually Enable Until Tomorrow" toggle.
- Adjust screen temperature as desired.
- With no schedule set, Night Shift mode will automatically turn off in the morning.