The struggle is real
Imagine having a way to clear your head and organise your thoughts when your head is a ball of mess.
When you are pulled in many directions, have competing deadlines or feeling completely overwhelmed, having a simple self-care ritual can get you back on track.
But neglect your mental health and you’re in for trouble
Dr Sarah McKay, an Australian and Oxford University-educated neuroscientist share that “ how we eat, move, sleep, form relationships and find meaning is intimately connected to how our brains grow, think, feel and, ultimately, age”
Unscramble the mess
You’ll find lots of information on the benefits of journaling – the art of writing down your thoughts or ideally, what you’re grateful for.
But if you’re like me that questions “who has time in the evening to be jotting down all the ‘blah’ from our minds?’ You will be looking for simple way.
How to write about being grateful – simply
Using the P.O.E.T method keeps your brain from feeling like it’s tackling a school assignment.
P I’m grateful for these amazing PEOPLE
O I’m grateful for these OPPORTUNITIES
E I’m grateful for these EXPERIENCES
T I’m grateful for these THINGS
Best time to journal
The morning is an ideal time to write. Avoiding putting pen to paper (or fingers to keyboard) at night ensures we don’t trigger our brains into ‘active’ mode at a time where we need to be winding down.
Also can switch breakfast and your writing ritual from breakfast and TV time.
You become more productive and clear to start your day.
Add a 'top 3' list
Note your top three priorities for the day. These are aims not rules so you keep the flexibility however, commit to the aspiration of the day.
Want to know more about nurturing a healthy brain for life? Dr McKay describes 7 ways we can do everyday. Read the article here.