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How journaling and meditation keep you sane

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When I said the word “journaling” people think of a princess diary, some sort of teen girls writing about her crush love story. In fact, it is a form of self-expression that can lift and empower people to understand they’re complex feelings and find humour with it. I never thought I could write, I mean I can write, but not like a blogger or like a writer. Then I’ve started writing a 5 minutes journal from Tim Ferris (recommended if you’re new to journaling) for over the past 3 years and it’s changed my life.

Let me give you a quick intro about what the 5 minutes journal look like. You start with;

I am grateful for…

Write down 3 things that you’re grateful for in your life. Believe it or not when I first started writing this, I couldn’t think of one thing I am grateful for in my life. It took me a while to be able to think of what I’m grateful for. Most people might think of a big thing to be grateful for, but it could be as small as a smell of a coffee in the morning, or when you wake up today, you’re still breathing. Because there’re many people out there that have to sleep on a street with no clean food or water, even the roof over their head, or dying people in a hospital. Trust me there’re people out there who’s fighting to be where you’re right now. Working on your gratitude will help you look at life in another perspective and being grateful for what you have in your life right now.

What would make today great?

Write down 3 things that you want it to happen or could be any tasks that you want to get it done. Again, it doesn’t have to be big, it could as small as I’m not going to put any sugar in my coffee today, I’m just going to smile at my colleague. You want to set the tone of your day, what you want your day look like.

Daily affirmations, I am…

Writing in a present moment as if it’s already happened. For example, I am exercising every Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Or I am peaceful and grounded. When you say the word “I am” out loud every day, eventually it’ll get into your subconscious mind which is more powerful than our conscious mind. What you’re repeating to yourself every single day, eventually it’ll become automatic and it’ll happen.

3 amazing things that happened today…

Write down 3 things that you’re proud of or achieved. For example, I didn’t put sugar in my coffee today. Next week you’ll be more confidence to do a bigger task. Or I got a new project because I had the guts to talk to my boss. You need to be able to celebrate your small wins. The more you do that, the more you strengthen your brave muscle.

How could I have made today even better?

Your day isn’t going to be perfect every day, that’s life. What matters is you’ve done your best and you can try again next day. Don’t beat yourself up if things don’t go your way, ask yourself what have I missed here? How can I make it better tomorrow? It could be I’m going to add more veggies in my diet, or I’m going to watch my tones when I speak to my partner.

Whether you’re keeping a journal or writing as a meditation, it’s the same thing. What’s important is you’re having a relationship with your mind. – Natalie Goldberg

Journaling is another way of express your feelings. We’re all have feelings and emotions as human beings. Emotions; E = Energy in motion. It’s ok to have anger, fear or sadness. You just have to find a place to dump those emotions instead of bomb it at your partner or people around you. Try not to suppress it either, it’s not healthy, eventually it’s going to explode! Journaling allows me to express my feelings and emotions in a healthier way.

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Inspire is delighted to have teamed up with Expat Life magazine to bring you more great content to do with Thailand

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Nina has worked for Inspire and Choice Group Asia since 2011 and loves to party when she can!

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