Why you need to start journaling today

Long hailed by celebs and professionals to be a life-changing habit for success—Yet what can journaling actually do for you?

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You may be wondering, how can keeping a journal (which to be fair sounds like work in itself) have a true and long-lasting positive impact on your mental health? After all, it's just words on a page right?—how much good can that really do? Yet, there’s a reason why some of the world’s most successful and happy people keep journals such as Oprah Winfrey, Emma Watson, Warren Buffett, Jennifer Aniston and Lady Gaga. So what is the secret behind journaling? 

 

 

Journaling allows us to connect more deeply with ourselves, our values, emotions, and goals, allowing us to gain clarity and purpose. 

 

 

So what does science tell us?

 

Starting the day with gratitude reflections is an ancient meditative practice that has been proven for generations to improve attitudes toward life, making it a powerful tool for emotional well-being. At the same time there is so much new found science that shows how journaling is clinically proven to help you navigate change. At Sachi Skin, we believe in tapping on such heritage practices and to extract science-backed insights to help you achieve your best emotional and mental state.

 

     

 

The States of Change AM/PM Daily Journal can guide you in gratitude journaling for the next six months to achieve the following effects on the mind and body.

 

1. Self Awareness

    Journaling helps increase self-awareness because it requires us to be honest with ourselves and acknowledge that we are all a work in progress. This deliberate act of prioritising our growth and mental well-being nourishes the relationship we have with ourselves, thus building self-love.

     

    2. Decrease Depressive Symptoms

      Daily gratitude reflections lets one focus on their blessings in life rather than the negative parts. This simple shift in thinking styles "increase(s) positive affect, subjective happiness, and life satisfaction, while decreasing negative affect and depression symptoms" (L.F. Cunha et al., 2019).

       

      3. Improves Relationships

        Expressing gratitude for others in addition to being grateful for life has shown to improve relationships as well. For instance, a study on couples found that individuals who took time to express gratitude for their partner not only felt more positive towards them, but also felt more comfortable expressing concerns about their relationship.

         

        4. Builds resilience

          Starting your day by counting your blessings sets you in a more positive frame of mind, helping you cope better with any challenges you may face throughout the day. Pairing this with a 5 minute journal routine of reflecting on the challenges you have faced and looking at ways to improve and move forward helps you become more resilient to face similar challenges in the future. Even in an extreme case, the 9/11 terrorist attacks, a study in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology has found that gratitude was a major contributor to resilience for its victims, holding depressive symptoms “at bay and fueling post-crisis growth.” 

           

           

          Kicking Off

           

          As humans, we have the ability to choose what we focus on. Creating a space for positive self-talk, identifying negative thoughts and feelings, and being grateful, even if only for a few moments of your day, has the power to transform you, your attitude and your life. Commiting to journaling does not have to be a burden. If you are a beginner, you can start a few times a week, instead of committing daily. Simply set out 5 minutes a day to reflect and see your progress over a month. This can help you to track the progress you have made while journaling. 

           

          Our journal is our promise to you, to change the way you think and feel about your skin to always feel comfortable in the skin your are in. Happy journaling friends, and we are here if you need any help along the way! 🤗

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