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June 13, 2017

Journaling is a practice with physical, emotional, spiritual, and financial benefits. It gives you a safe place to record your thoughts, work through challenges, set goals for yourself, explore new ideas, and express your creativity without censorship. Journaling, when practiced regularly, decreases asthma and rheumatoid arthritis symptoms. It also strengthens immune cells known as T-lymphocytes and lowers blood pressure.

Here’s how to develop a daily journaling practice:

  • Choose a new journal that you really love.If you have something you look forward to writing in, you’ll take the time to write more. Select a journal that fits your personality. Choose lined or unlined pages. Pick out a pen in the color of your choice that flows well and feels good to hold. Keep both items together so you’re never without the tools you need to journal.
  • Set aside a few minutes each day to write.It can be first thing in the morning or later in the day. The choice is up to you. You’ll discover the best time of day to write. If you choose to journal in the morning, set an intention for your day. If you write at night, reflect on how the day went and what you would do to change anything if necessary.
  • Never leave home without your journal. You never know when you’ll feel compelled to write. You may be stuck on the bus or waiting for an appointment at the doctor’s office. You may be on vacation where you have a lot of things you want to remember about your trip. Keep your journal and pen in a bag or purse for safe keeping and remember to take it out and use it once you’re home again.

Shop for a new journal online or in one of Vintage Market & Design’s retail stores. You’ll find a wide selection of products to meet your needs. Choose the style of journal that feels right to you. You’ll want it to look and feel great to you so you’ll feel compelled to pick it up and write in it daily.

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