Can You Journal Your Way To Body Positivity?
Turn on the side lamp. Get comfortable. Pick up your pen and your favorite notebook. Write. It all sounds so easy and yet few of us journal. You may not have taken the time to write creatively since you were a teenager. But perhaps you should.
Journaling is having a moment right now. Did you know that journaling a few minutes a day may be able to help you boost your level of self-care, too? Starting out may seem intimidating at first, but it’s much easier than you might imagine.
What’s more, the latest research suggests that taking the time to sit down and write a journal could help you to improve your body image. Let’s take the time to look at the evidence and how you can get started sooner rather than later.
Research Suggests Writing Can Increase Body Image
The study published in Psychology of Women Quarterly suggests that writing in a ‘self-compassion’ journal could be the way to go. During the research, college women were asked to keep journals by completing exercises relating to body satisfaction. The results showed that those who wrote positively about their bodies actually ended up having a better body image than those who wrote about other topics.
The experts suggested that body positive writing activities could be used as a form of alternative therapy for women struggling with issues of self-esteem and body issues. While you could, of course, see a therapist to help you along the way, there’s no reason that you can’t try this at home too. Journaling could help to improve your mindset greatly.
How To Start Journaling for a Better Body Image
Ready to get started? Of course, you’ll need to invest in a journal and pen first. Then, you should set aside some time each day to sit down and get writing. Choose a time that works for you. If you’re an early riser, you might want to take 10 minutes in the morning. If you’re a night owl, pick a time in the evening.
Here are some small tips that will help you along the way:
Write down body positive mantras
The first thing you could do is write down a few body positive mantras. Taking the time to write in a positive way about your body could change the way in which you see it. Pick out a few choice statements and write them in your journal. It might just end up having a striking effect on how you feel.
Keep things short and sweet
You might not have time to write for an hour each day. That’s okay – few people do. That’s why you should keep things short and sweet. You only need to set aside 10 minutes or so when you first start out. Ensuring that this activity is manageable means you’re more likely to stick to it in the long run. Simple!
Rate how you feel each day
As you are journaling, you’re going to need to keep track of your overall progress. One way in which you can do this is by rating how you feel each day. For example, you could give yourself a mark out of 10, with one being the lowest level of emotion and 10 being the highest. Make a system that works for you and your personality.
Don’t give up!
When you first start out, you might find that it’s super easy to journal. However, after a week or so, your passion for journaling could wane. Don’t give up. Consistency is key here. Reward yourself with a little something each time you complete a writing session so that you keep going.
While journaling won’t solve all of life’s little problems, it could help to boost your mood and level of body positivity. With that in mind, there’s never been a better time to get started. Why not try it out today? The sooner you get moving with this self-care activity, the sooner you will be able to start reaping the rewards of it.
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