keeping a journal has always been my ultimate method of self-care to objectively listen to the inner voice by embracing the raw emotions free from judgement ever since I was 13 to cope with the feelings that resemble anxiety and depression. I’m sure I’m not the only one who has been healed by the power of words like that.
When I am feeling down, I just slowly process the negative feelings to objectively analyze them through writing and I usually tend to feel much better after doing so as I feel like I could let those feelings go after I write.
As I age, I also learned to use journaling as a habit to express gratitude. By expressing the facts that I am grateful for in my daily life, I feel like I can be easily surrounded by positive energy filled with hope after I am done writing.
The beauty of the written words on your notebook is the fact that you can also always read them again later to reflect your thinking process and feelings in the past to reminisce, as if looking at the old photographs of yourself. It is like the communication between what you used to be and what you have become to acknowledge the growth within you that only you can tell, which I personally find pretty interesting and meaningful.
Journaling might seem to be such a simple act but it can be more powerful than you think it is when such various prospectives are considered.
What about you? What are the positive effects you feel when your journal?
It is physically and mentally nourishing to start the Sunday morning with a solid walk with Jasmine in a quiet neighborhood and pampered by the avocado salmon sandwich made with our homemade bread followed by a big mug of heavenly cappuccino.
I’m truly grateful for such simple moments that remind me to embrace the fact there’s actually nothing more needed in life. Now back to my design and coding 💪
I am a huge believer of the positive aspects of wearing the scent you love could provide regarding your mental health even though I am not an expert or anything at all.
I can only speak based on my personal experience, but when I take a deep breath after spraying my favorite perfume after I get dressed for the day, it simply uplifts my mind and motivates me to have another productive day. It is almost like my daily ritual and I highly value the act, so it took me months to find the scent that I could finally feel like the one for me.
When I used to be overly influenced by the hype of “clean” and “natural” products, I was skeptical of artificial scents but more research guided me to more sensible conclusions. To cut a long story short, of course, among the artificial scents, there are the ones that could potentially be harmful, but the truth is that so are some of the “natural” and “clean” ones. Some still made my eczema worse and gave my husband allergy whether they were natural or not. Given the fact, it takes approximately 252,000 individual petal to produce one 5ml bottle of rose oil, so-called natural and clean products might not always be the answer when sustainability is considered, either.
After I realized the fact, I eventually decided that all of the scents are ok to wear as long as you love them and your body does not react to them negatively and no animals are harmed to create them and I finally found the one for me.
The scent for me is Another 13 by Le Labo. The description states, “an utterly hypnotising unisex scent composed of ambroxan (an addictive heady musk) alongside 12 other ingredients such as moss, jasmine and ambrette seeds.” To add my personal opinion to that, when I smell the scent every morning after spraying it on my body, I just feel so heavenly and positive, and the perfume is one of the very things I cherish from the bottom of my heart.
What is your signature scent that functions as your daily motivation booster?