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When things feel overwhelming and chaotic, sorting things out is good advice. If your mind and body are disconnected, and you’re experiencing classic symptoms, it’s important to get to the heart of the matter so you can begin to reconnect the dots between your mind and body. Symptoms like:

  • Isolating from others
  • Aches and pains
  • Depression
  • Disinterest in self-care

If you’ve not considered the connection between what your mind is focused on and what your body is experiencing as a result, it’s a good time to do some exploring. Journaling can jump-start the mind and body reconnection.  

Journaling doesn’t have to be a burden

If you aren’t a writer or don’t enjoy pouring your heart out onto the page, you can modify your journaling method. There are many ways to journal. Try these options for easy-peasy journal entries: 

Bullet journals- Bullet journals use snippets of information to express your thoughts, ideas, dreams, goals, tasks, and more. A bullet journal can help you jot down ideas about your mind and body connection. 

Art journals- Art journals are great for creative people who can express their thoughts and emotions through imagery. The act of drawing, doodling, or sketching can help ideas flow and thoughts to come together. 

Prompt journals- Prompt journals come in all sorts of genres. Choosing a journal that prompts thoughts about your mind and body connection can be helpful. Answering specific questions that help you peel back the layers and direct your focus can help you if you tend to lack direction with journaling. 

These examples clearly illustrate that you do not have to go into great depths to discover the disconnection between your mind and body and what steps you want to take to close the gap.  

Journaling helps you track your long-term progress

One of the best things about creating a journaling habit is watching your progress over time. Being able to review your journals over the years will reinforce how far you’ve come and remind you that your mind and body are connected. Be sure to label your journals and date your entries so you can easily trace backward and revisit your journey. 

Journaling is a great way to jump-start your mind and body connection. Processing your thoughts and the associated experiences in your body in the privacy of your journal is a safe and positive way to change your thoughts and improve your day-to-day life. 

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