Monthly Archives: December 2011

Stress-free Journaling Part 3: Can’t Get the Words Flowing?

If you’re having trouble starting your daily entry, just make a grocery list or a list of things you want to accomplish that day or week or month. That usually gets me off and writing. I sometimes reflect on the food choices I’ve made lately and try to figure out what might be better for me.

With time to think, the to-do list often leads to questions about why I’m procrastinating and/or resisting something. Writing about that often leads to new insight.

That’s the great thing about stress-free journaling: You don’t have to follow any rules. On the days where all that happens is a grocery list, you can be grateful that your grocery list is finished!

When I’m totally blocked I pull out the ‘G’ word: Gratitude.

If gratitude isn’t your frame of mind at the time, you don’t really have to work hard, even being silly and just randomly tossing out objects works: Lemons? Ahh … I love hot lemonade!* Snow? Look at the way the sun turns the surface to diamonds. Coffee? Just the aroma brings a sigh of thanks in the morning … And the first sip is divine!

Gratitude gets me going every time. All I have to do is look around me: Yes, my faucet leaks but I am grateful for the money to pay to have it fixed. Thank you.

Wow! Check out those shoes … They’re looking a bit ratty. I’ll soon have the funds to replace them. Thanks!

My yard still needs a bit of winterizing, but guess what? I have a fantastic yard with beautiful trees and plants. The work of it can wait until tomorrow, or the day after that. Thank you.

I’m overwhelmed with working and school and building a business and working out and eating healthy and walking two dogs and, and, and … Wow, I am grateful to have such a full life. Who knew that there were so many exciting choices each and every day! It’s a good thing I don’t have to be perfect at anything and that I can take it all one step at a time.

So, that’s how you get the flow going. Start with a grocery list and marvel as you move into a total paradigm shift.

At the Institute for Integrative Nutrition we’re taught that food isn’t the only thing that matters when it comes to feeding your body. We’re taught that self-care, relationships, spirituality, movement and career are equally important. Using a journal is a form of self-care that will give you insight into the other elements of your life from whether or not your career is bringing you up or your relationship bringing you down, or if you are using food to nourish your body of fend off boredom.

If you’d like help setting goals and learning to nourish yourself to lose weight, gain energy, sleep better … feel better, visit my website HealthWorks

*Hot Lemonade: fresh-squeezed lemon, honey and hot water. For an extra special treat add a sprig of Rosemary, crushing a few of the leaves. YUM!