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Balance Tip: Quick and dirty guide to journaling

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Something is on your mind. It keeps you awake at night. Doesn’t even have to be anything big…

Our “worry barometer” changes with light: we feel fine during the day when the sun is out. As soon as it gets dark and the moon is out, it all starts: the obsession, the worry, the craziness in our mind.

Why can’t we simply sleep and take care of things in the morning?

Journaling might be a good solution, before going to bed or when we wake up, even if it’s in the middle of the night.

You might’ve tried it before and gave up, or maybe you don’t know how to start. Maybe you’re too tired to put your thoughts down in writing.

Here’s an easy fun way:

Make a quick bullet point list of everything making you anxious. Write down anything that comes up, whether it’s life changing or silly. When you’re done, make a list of what you’re grateful for.

Acknowledging what worries you and keeping it in perspective by focusing on what you have to be grateful for will restore balance.

The Bottom Line: When you put whatever is bothering you on paper, it loses some of its energy.

Ask: What am I anxious about?  What am I grateful for?

Affirm: I shift my focus from worry to gratitude and I feel balanced.

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