A wellness journal tracks a person’s wellbeing. That may be self-evident. But a wellness journal can be essential for your physical and mental health. It can help you change habits you have, losing those habits that keep you down. It can also help you develop healthy habits.
No matter who you are, you need to be able to keep yourself healthy. Take time to assess yourself every day. Maintaining a wellness journal is a good way to do that. Mine is part of my regular journal. I sit every day and write in my journal. Then I take the time to decide how I am. Then I write that down in my journal at the end of the day’s entry. Your take on it may be different.
Write down a goal to accomplish. Make it something you can achieve in one day. Write down the goal and then write down how you could do it today. For example you could write, “Today, I want to get at least seven hours of sleep. I will go to bed at a reasonable hour and do a nighttime meditation.”
A good way to do a self-health assessment is to ask yourself some questions. Ask yourself these questions: How do I feel? Do I have any physical complaints to make about myself? How about my mental health? What is my intention for the day? What three things am I greatful for? What am I going to do today? Of course, the questions you ask do not have to be those particular questions. Figure out what you want or need to track and ask yourself about those.
Taking the time out of your day to do that allows you to figure out how you feel. It can also allow you to figure out what you can do to change your feelings, or if you even want to change anything. Besides those questions I ask myself, I also read an inspiring quote and write down what it means in my own words. You don’t have to do that, but I find positive, inspirational quotes help me to stay positive.
A wellness journal not only tracks your physical wellbeing. It also tracks your mental health. That’s important to your physical health as well. It’s a snapshot to your wellbeing. Tracking your mental state can be useful in overcoming bad habits. Then you can replace them with new, healthier ones. You do need to be careful not to set your goals too high. They should be things you know you can do in a single day.
My wellness journal includes a place where I can record my mood. I also record my intention for the day, today’s inspirational quote and three things I am grateful for. That last can be very important. Sometimes we lose sight of things we should be grateful for. Recording those is good for you. Give it a try. You might find yourself starting to have a better outlook on your life. Just don’t expect things to change overnight. It will take time.