30 Day Get Healthy Challenge, Day 18

Back to Life Chiropractic, Gibsonia

Developing the habit of journaling is one of the most productive things you can do.  There is no set formula for journaling, so don’t worry about getting it right, just focus on getting it done.

Besides increasing your productivity by tracking your thoughts, ideas, experiences, etc., there are some great health benefits to jounaling.

It helps you deal with stress.

Expressing your thoughts and emotions on paper is a huge release for many people.  Sometimes just writing something down is enough to “get it off your chest.”  And in  many cases, productive resolutions will come to mind through the process of expressing yourself through journaling.

It encourages regular exercise.

Have you ever journaled your workouts?  It’s a great way to keep track of the progress you’re making over the long-term.  Keep track of things like reps and sets performed, how long your workout was, your energy level that day, how many miles you ran, etc.  This will allow you to break through hurdles or plateaus by looking back at your past performance and tweaking your workouts when things stagnate.  Also, journaling workouts can be very motivating.  By comparing earlier workouts to more recent ones, you can really appreciate progress and improvements that you don’t necessarily notice day to day.

It sheds light on what you’re really eating.

If you struggle with your weight, one of the most productive things you can do is to keep a food journal.  Keep a notebook with you and write down everything that passes through your lips.  Track consistently and with specificity in regard to quantity, size, etc.  Most people would be astonished at the amount of food that they mindlessly consume.

So grab a notebook and pen and get busy designing the rest of your life.

Dr. Joseph Tsai, D.C.

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