Benefits of meditative journaling and how to make a Happy List
- March 5, 2018 -
Hi loves! I’m so excited to share my new meditative journaling practices and teach you how to make your own Happy List.
With constant notifications, texts, calls, and social scrolling, our minds are getting systematically programmed to be anxiety prone. I’ve been anxiety prone ever since I can remember, but it took a turn for the worst about a year ago when I got mentally entrenched in the social media cyclone. My cortisol levels were rising and it was causing major skin issues like breakouts. I knew I had to make a change.
Shortly after my mental and skin freak out I started incorporating mini morning mindfulness practices. I’m now heavily addicted to meditation in the best possible way and I’ve expanded upon my practice to include 15 minutes of reading to keep my zen vibes flowing. I’ve been very curious about the meditative journaling practices I see on Instagram.
In last week’s instastory poll, you loves overwhelmingly clicked to confirm your appreciation for the practice of journaling, inspiring me to get a journal of my very own. I got two colorful and purse friendly options from the Papyrus desk flare collection to fit both of my Gemini moods. Can I tell you how good it feels to put pen to paper? Not only the kinesthetic motion of writing, but the school days nostalgia. This physical process of journaling put my mind at ease, palpably reducing my stress hormone levels.
In addition to the delightful relaxation vibes, journals are perfect because they have nothing to do with your phone. Post journaling, I feel relaxed, renewed, and my skin is benefiting from the results.
When I sat down with my new Papyrus journals, I thought about free writing, goal setting, and creating a gratitude page. Instead of doing exactly what I saw others do on Instagram, I did what was natural to me. I naturally felt inclined to jot down some simple things that made me happy in this life.
Writing down the simple things I love in my journal made happiness feel so accessible. We often over complicate and over analyze everything to the point that it’s no longer enjoyable. My journaling process is the antithesis of my overactive anxiety prone mind, I call it my happy list. Writing down this simple list almost brought me to tears, it’s not about the opulent lifestyle that I think will make me happy, it’s about the little things I already have access to.
My new practice is to do a monthly happy list in my beautiful Papyrus journal. Identifying my happy line items will allow me to consciously include as many as possible into my daily life.
I’m sharing my happy list, I hope it inspires you to journal the little things, cherish them, and relax.
H A P P Y L I S T
M O R N I N G S
C O F F E E S H O P R I T U A L S
S K I N H E A L I N G S E L F C A R E
S M I L I N G F I A N C E
W A R M W E A T H E R
S C E N I C W A L K S
R O O F T O P S
C R E A T I N G N O U R I S H M E N T
I C E D D R I N K S
Q U I E T
C A L L S W I T H O L D F R I E N D S
S L E E P I N G F I A N C E
T E A C H I N G W O R K S H O P S
N A T U R A L S U N L I G H T
W O R K O U T B U D D I ES
D A T E N I G H T
M E D I T A T I O N
T H E R A P U T I C S C E N T S
A I R P L A N E S
L E F T O V E R S
A E S T H E T I C S T Y L I N G
A C L E A N H O U S E
S M O O T H I E S
F G F P
Y O G A
Click the links below to shop my beautiful Papyrus journal and start your very own happy list!