Remember when you were in 4th grade and you kept a diary full of your deepest, darkest secrets? A detailed description of what you ate for dinner mostly, before tucking the book away from prying eyes, but keeping a diary is also a way of noting down and addressing our own innermost thoughts and feelings.
As an adult there are many great benefits to journaling as part of a self care routine. In the ancient yogic textbook, Patanjali’s – The Yoga Sutras, the term ‘svadhyaya’ is described as self study – the idea of studying ourselves as a means of self discovery. By journaling and documenting our thoughts we are participating in a process of deeper personal understanding which can have a very positive impact on our own health.