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I Took A Cold Shower Every Day for 1000+ Days — Here’s What Happened

Vinay Mehta
March 1st, 2022

A little over 3 years ago, I chanced upon Wim Hof, The Iceman.

I was intrigued by his words and everything that he had proven by taking himself to extremes unforeseen before.

I was stuck in a rut and didn’t have anything going for me.

In a moment of sheer elation, I decided to try a cold shower.

Cold showers seemed all the rage amongst Productivity YouTubers, Life Hackers, and even Athletes. Wim Hof gave me the final push to turn that knob over to the cold.

Boy, I did question my conscience after turning that knob over and having chilled water gush out on my bare skin.

I am glad that I never looked back or stopped though. It’s been over 3 years since that turning of the knob that spurred me into action. Cold Showers have since been a keystone habit that has snowballed action into all areas of my life.

Cold Showers have a host of benefits for Physical as well as Mental Health.

  • Improved Overall Health
  • Better Skin and Hair Health
  • Increased Focus and Clarity
  • Revamped Metabolism
  • Increased Productivity
  • Higher Energy
  • Improved Circulation
  • Decrease in Inflammation
  • Increased Testosterone

This is Exactly How It Happened

Day 1 —

There I was, contemplating if this was even a good idea at all. Even today, I feel that last-minute nervous rush questioning my choice before I turn the water on.

The first 20 seconds were excruciating, to say the least.

Later, however, I felt surprisingly energized and refreshed, to the point where I started relishing it.

Post-shower, I felt as if I had just been reincarnated with bursting energy.

Day 2 —

This day was harder than the first one, I figured that the euphoria of trying something new must have helped me through Day 1.

Was it even worth it?
This was my inner monologue as I stood there before I decided ‘screw it’ and just went for it.

Weeks 2–5 —

The days after the initial week was relatively easier.

The best part about making this a habit is you don’t need to make separate time for it or remember it.

It’s as simple as just turning the knob to cold every day you shower.
Which is, assuming you shower every day. If you don’t, I’m not sure if I’m the best person to delve out advice on personal hygiene.

The Occasional Slip Up

There were times, twice when I was down with illness and could not muster up the courage to turn over to the cold.

Once when I was in China and simply couldn’t muster up a rational argument to take a cold shower when the temperature was way below sub-zero.

Getting Back

This was undoubtedly the toughest part, after a hot shower for a day or two, embracing the striking discomfort of the cold was hard. However, not once did I regret it when I felt the post-shower rush of euphoria driven by endorphins.

The Cold Changed Me

A small waterfall.
Image by Gleb Albovsky on Unsplash

Cold Showers have changed me and have inspired action and vibrancy in all areas of my life.

A simple and rudimentary change as just switching up the temperature has made an impact that has compounded itself many times over.

Physically –

1. Better Overall Health —

There has been a noticeable improvement in my Overall Health and Well Being. Before, I used to be down with the occasional flu or fever, every 3–4 months.
Now, it’s barely an illness once a year.

2. Improved Recovery 

Being a quintessential gym rat, cold showers embraced me like a blessing in disguise. They drastically reduced post-workout soreness and I felt recovered much faster.

This has allowed me to breeze through my training sessions more consistently and joyfully.

3. Better Skin and Hair Health —

Going through puberty, I used to constantly battle a garage of skin illness.

Cold showers drastically reduced the tendency to scratch and have helped me maintain better skin and hair.

4. Improved Sleep Quality —

Cold Exposure helps lower core temperature and relax the nerves.

Taken an hour or so before bed, I have noticed significant improvements in my sleep quality. This has resulted in better workouts and a fresh mind to charge the day.

Mentally –

1. Increased Mental Strength —

As someone interested in philosophy, the concept of voluntary hardship appeals to me.

This is one of the easiest ways to implement it and it has carried over in all my pursuits.

Be it giving a public speech or before a heavy set of squats.

2. Improved Focus and Clarity —

Post cold exposure, I have consistently noted increased focus and clarity. This is primarily driven by the endorphin rush and increased blood circulation.

I have always had my best sessions of Deep Work, after cold exposure.

3. Higher Productivity 

With increased focus and clarity driving productive work sessions, I’ve also noticed an overall improvement in my ability to get meaningful work done and relax properly.

4. Increased Mindfulness —

By clearing up my head and increasing blood circulation. I can better concentrate on my Meditations and have greatly improved mindfulness throughout the day.

This has resulted in happier relationships and a more fulfilled life.

On that note, my good lad 

Neeramitra Reddy

 elucidates the improved focus and endorphin rush of a cold shower eloquently in this article.

These are the top 4 benefits that I have accrued from Cold Showers.

How You Can Turn The Knob Too!

Not everyone can simply push their way through and embrace the cold. Does that sound like you?

Fret not.

Here are some solid pointers that I’ve tried. You can use them to integrate this practice into your daily life.

  • Easing into it —

Try starting with just a few cold showers per week. Not every shower has to be cold. Go enjoy some sauna too.

  • Timed Cold Exposure —

Try counting to 10 in your mind whilst the cold gushes down. Then switch back to your normal temperature. Increase this count gradually.

  • Contrast Showers —

Periodically alternate between cold and hot in the shower. This greatly enhances circulation. The technique also works miraculously well for recovering sore muscles.

  • Don’t go straight from Hawaii to Siberia —

Don’t jump straight into an Ice Tub while you’ve showered with steaming water your entire life. Gradually reduce the temperature of your showers over time.

Before you know it, Wim Hof will be smiling by your side.

Bad Humour? You bet.

  • Just End with a Burst of Cold —

Take showers at your ordinary temperature and just turn over to the cold for the last rinse. This really helps in adapting to the decreased temperature over time. It also gives you the contrast effect.

Pay Due Heed

Make sure you keep these in mind before starting this practice.

  • Make sure to speak with your doctor if you have any existing health concerns.
  • If you notice lightheadedness or any abnormal symptoms, stop immediately.
  • Be patient and embrace the process.

Embracing the cold, a seemingly small change in my daily lifestyle has had an insane effect on all areas of my life.
Better Health, Higher Productivity, Improved Relationships.

It has gone a long way in proving that small changes do add up and make a significant impact on your life.

The Cold Will Change Your Life, Embrace It

2 Surprisingly Powerful Ways To Calm Your Mind

Nick Polizzi,
July 22nd, 2020

We are living through tumultuous times. Between the global pandemic and the worldwide outcry for social change, it is easy to become overwhelmed. I know I do.

Alarming footage is everywhere, there’s a hodgepodge of different ideas, and it seems like everyone is on edge.

That’s why it is incredibly important to cultivate a few practices that will calm and center you – within minutes.

If you’re in a constant state of fight-or-flight, your body’s vital processes slowly shut down, and your immune and digestive systems are the first to suffer. BUT – if you can catch yourself in those challenging moments before they turn into anxiety, your body can bounce back quickly!

Here are two of the biggest allies I have in my arsenal to nourish and calm my mind.

1) The magic of magnesium 

There are a lot of supplements out there and trying to find what’s right for you can sometimes be dizzying. But studies have shown that up to 75% of adults in the US are not meeting the 320 mg (women) or 420 mg (men) of magnesium needed daily.

Why is this a problem?

Magnesium is a vital nutrient that your body needs to make and use energy in your cells. It also stops your body from absorbing toxins that you come into contact with in your everyday life!

But the big reason you absolutely need magnesium is because it pulls the plug on your brain’s reflexive responses to stress, so you produce fewer stress hormones!

Otherwise, when you’re constantly stressed, your hippocampus creates an excess of cortisol, which eventually can lead to big problems like the inability to retain memories.

Here’s an awesome recipe for plant-based magnesium-rich granola bars!

Magnesium Power Bars

Ingredients

  • 2 ½ cups oatmeal
  • ¼ cup almonds – 1 oz, 80 mg of magnesium
  • ¼ cup pumpkin seeds – 1 oz, 168 mg of magnesium
  • ¼ cup cashews – 1 oz, 74 mg of magnesium
  • ? cup honey/molasses/maple syrup
  • ? cup peanut butter + 2 tablespoons, 49 mg of magnesium
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract (optional, but yummy)
  • ¼ teaspoon sea salt salt
  • ½ cup berries or chocolate chips (or both)

Instructions

  1. Pour oats and nuts onto a cookie sheet and bake at 300 degrees Fahrenheit for 5 minutes. Shake the pan and flip larger pieces over. Then bake for another 3 minutes.
  2. Combine liquid ingredients in a large bowl.
  3. Add in nuts and oats.
  4. Stir until completely combined.
  5. Transfer mixture to a large wax paper-lined cookie sheet and press flat.
  6. Freeze for at least 3 hours.
  7. Slice and enjoy

2) Deep Belly Breathing

First of all, what is “deep belly breathing”? Diaphragmatic breathing is when you breathe in with enough depth that your stomach (specifically the area of the diaphragm) expands followed by your lungs.

According to a study at Harvard, belly breathing helps oxygen travel all over the body. This calms down racing hearts and stimulates the vagus nerve which lowers the body’s need to produce stress hormones.

If you can get yourself into the habit of practicing deep belly breathing 1-4 times a day, you can ease tension in your body, decrease your anxiety levels, find deeper sleep, and boost your energy.

Here’s how to do it

  1. Find a safe place — somewhere quiet where you can lay flat on your back or sit with your back flat against a wall. When your back is straight, it’s easier to notice the depth of your breath.
  2. Take 3 normal breaths.
  3. Place your hands on your stomach, just above your belly button.
  4. Breathe in slowly through your nose and try to expand your stomach so much that your hands rise with it.
  5. Hold for just a second and notice how far your hands have risen on your belly.
  6. Now breathe out slowly through your mouth.
  7. Repeat 5 times. Each time, try to relax even deeper into the breath.

These are two incredibly simple, and surprisingly powerful, additions to your daily routine. Be sure to be kind to your mind every day, but especially during these stressful times.

About The Author

Nick Polizzi

Nick Polizzi has spent his career directing and editing feature length documentaries about natural alternatives to conventional medicine. Nick’s current role as director of “The Sacred Science” documentary and author of “The Sacred Science: An Ancient Healing Path For The Modern World” stems from a calling to honor, preserve, and protect the ancient knowledge and rituals of the indigenous peoples of the world.

The Collective Shadow: 5 Ways to Deepen Your Shadow Work

Aletheia Luna,
July 6th, 2020

It’s essential to face our shadows, to explore our childhood wounds, and to unravel the intergenerational trauma that we’ve inherited.

But shadow work is a layered process. It starts with you, but it doesn’t end with you.Most crucially, it is alsofamilial, societal, cultural, and global. And to truly dive deep, we have to keep going and peel back the layers of junk we’ve unconsciously absorbed.In a nutshell, if we are interested in authentically embodying our true nature – our Heart and Soul – we need to also examine how we have internalized the racism, sexism, homophobia, and other Collective Shadows that permeate all of society.

And to do that, we need to courageously and relentlessly dismantle the toxic spiritual ideologies that we are conditioned to believe (more on that soon).

But first …

What is the Collective Shadow? 

The Collective Shadow is humanity’s dark side.It is the sum total of past and present atrocities, cruelties, tragedies, and horrors perpetrated by humankind and stored at a deep, unconscious, cellular level. This darkness is not always glaringly apparent as it is so ancient and so ingrained into the fibers of our societies. Examples of the Collective Shadow include religious discrimination, racism, ageism, ableism, homophobia, and anything that “others” or condemns, rejects, or diminishescertain individuals/groups.

Collective Shadow Work: Our Biggest Blindspot 

At some point during our spiritual paths, we will be exposed to the idea of shadow work. There are so many teachers, mentors, and other spiritual-type folk out there who will encourage you to take a good, firm look at yourself and what’s lurking in the unconscious depths.

That’s great …

But there is a silence filling the spiritual community, and it is deafening. And that silence is towards the importance of Collective Shadow Work.

Up until a year ago, this was my blindspot too – I totally overlooked the importance and essential need to examine Collective Shadows such as ingrained racism and ableism. I didn’t connect the dots between what was going on in my internal world and in society around me. So I’ll stand up, own this ignorance, and take self-responsibility. I’m striving to include these vital issues in my shadow work exploration now, although I’m not an expert on anything I’m diving into and I’ve definitely got a lot to learn.

And then, I looked around me and saw that this collective silence wasn’t just endemic to me, but a pandemic infiltrating most of the spiritual, wellness, and self-transformation circles.

No onewas talking about it. (Or at least, apart from a very few rare and exceptional individuals.)

No one was talking about how our spiritual practice helps or hinders racial equality or justice. No one was talking about ageism, ableism, transphobia, homophobia, and other ways of rejecting and diminishing our brothers, sisters, and fellow souls.

Yes, I could see a lot of feminist and goddess-type focus, but it was usually centered around rich, white women with enough cash and time to invest in expensive mala beads, yoga classes, and smoothie cleanses.

Not only that, but I discovered not just a total neglect of exploring the Collective Shadow (again, apart from a rare few exceptions), but also a flat out denial of it.

How Modern Spirituality Denies and Contributes to the Collective Shadow

Let’s take a moment to breathe deeply, ground ourselves, and connect with our hearts.

My goal in this article is to come from a place of care, concern, and humility, acknowledging my ignorance, knowing that I have a lot to learn, unpack, and process – and always will.

I know it can be hard to read articles like this as they challenge us in a deep, visceral way.But please know that this is done with compassion. It’s normal to feel ashamed, guilty, angry at ourselves, disgusted at others, reactive, and defensive when being challenged. So just be aware of that and keep going. Let the layers be stripped back.

Here are some ways that modern spirituality denies and also contributes to the Collective Shadow:

  1. “Focus only on the positive” (this denies reality and shames those who have legitimate issues that need space and compassion)
  2. Good vibes only (this denies the importance of anything going on around us that is “low vibe” and encourages us to escape into a spiritual dreamworld)
  3. “You attracted that situation” (aka. those who get discriminated against due to the color of their skin, sexuality, age, mental/physical ability, etc. “brought it on themselves” – imagine how sociopathic that sounds when you say it to someone who is suffering)
  4. “That’s your karma” (this is used as another way of brushing over and dismissing someone’s pain by attributing it to some kind of retributive cosmic force)
  5. “You manifest your reality” (this is another way of saying that basically “it’s too bad you’re suffering, but it’s your fault” which is essentially a form of victim-blaming)
  6. “Everything is an illusion” (on an absolute level that may be true, but we’re also operating from a human level and that needs to be respected, acknowledged, and lived – to say that everything is an illusion is bypassing the importance of facing issues that are happening within ourselves and society)
  7. “Everything is love” (again, on an absolute level this may be true, but from a human level we need to be careful not to discount the reality of our/other people’s pain – that itself is not love but avoidance)
  8. “Society is evil/unconscious” (this is a common philosophy held by many spiritual folks who use it as an unconscious excuse, ironically, to close their hearts and ignore the suffering of the world in order to make their lives easier to live)
  9. “I’m a lightworker, I don’t ____” (this excuse and belief is used by modern spiritual seekers who believe that Shadow Work in no way fits into their mission – that it’s all about spreading light and love – however, by denying the Shadow either personally and/or Collectively, they are paradoxically living in and perpetuating darkness)
  10. “Spirituality and whatever is going on in society don’t mix” (this definition focuses on compartmentalizing and elevating spirituality above daily life – however, what use is spirituality if it doesn’t help us to deal with the realities of the world we live in? That is flat out spiritual bypassing and spiritual escapism)

I’m sure there are many other beliefs, philosophies, and sayings out there – so if I’ve missed any, feel free to share them below in the comments. Let’s educate each other!

5 Ways to Deepen Your Shadow Work

As Carl Jung, the Swiss psychiatrist who first popularized the concept of the Shadow Self, once wrote:

None of us stands outside of humanity’s black collective shadow.

You heard it. None of us.

We all carry the Collective Shadow inside of us and it’s our responsibility to unravel it.

In fact, the more lost in self-righteous spiritual labels, philosophies, and delusions we are, the more likely we are to spread and reinforce not just the personal but also the Collective Shadow.

We see examples of this in spiritual and self-growth spheres that culturally appropriateindigenous practices, exclude BIPOC (black, indigenous, people of color) from their groups, unknowingly perpetuate heteronormative standards, encourage sexism, price their services at unreasonable rates that exclude the financially disadvantaged, and more.

So how can we tackle the huge beast that is the Collective Shadow? 

Firstly, we need to realize that whatever has been internalized inside of us is ancient. We are never going to fully undo or purge all of it. The Collective Shadow is literally the sum total of all the darkness, all the atrocities that have ever been experienced and committed by humanity. However, what we can do is start this work and keep at it. The benefits are many:It keeps us humble. It keeps us open. It keeps us willing to learn and grow. When we believe we are somehow “perfect” or beyond this work, that’s where the stagnancy and egotism sets in. That’s where the darkness multiplies.

With that being said, here are five ways to begin incorporating Collective Shadow Work into your spiritual practice:

1. Listen to those who lead different lives and have a different context from you

Expand the bubble of your awareness. Put down the mic, move your attention to how others feel (and away from centering everything around yourself), and be receptive. Listen to the stories of black and indigenous folk and what they undergo each and every day. Listen to those whose lives have suffered as a result of their sexual preference or identity. Listen to those who are neurodiverse. Listen to people with disabilities. Listen, listen, listen.There are many ways of doing this – youtube is the first place that comes to mind. You can also listen to podcasts or if you’re a book lover, expand your book repertoire. If you have the chance and opportunity, strike up a conversation with someone who leads a different experience from you in your life. Doing so will enrich your mind, your perspective, and open your heart.

2. Observe your ingrained prejudice and negative conditioning

In what ways are you perpetuating old and unhealthy ideas and beliefs? Look at the people you listen to and follow, the products you buy, the people you financially support, the friends you have, the feelings you have toward certain groups, and any other area of life that feels contracted. It’s extremely helpful to keep a journal when doing any kind of Shadow Work – and especially Collective Shadow Work. By keeping a journal, you’ll be able to refer back to moments in time where you observed the Collective Shadow emerge in your thinking or behavior. This will help you to learn and grow.

3. Ask yourself, “In what way am I othering that person or group of people?”

‘Othering’ is a term used in sociology that means treating another person or group as essentially alien and reducing them to a socially inferior stance to us.Essentially, othering is about creating an “in-group” (of which we are part of) and an “out-group” (of which they are part of).

Often, othering involves projecting negative and ugly qualities onto “the other group” of people. For example, one country may project qualities of savagery, deceptiveness, and evil onto another country – and so these two countries eventually go to war. The same goes for many societies that value and elevate whiteness, for example, and devalue and debase blackness.

The problem with othering is that it comes from a place of pure ego. It is a way of separating the world that elevates us and diminishes other people. It causes us to disconnect from our hearts and mistreat/alienate others because, on some level, we believe that they essentially “deserve it.”

4. Take responsibility and practice humility

When doing any form of Collective Shadow Work – that is, exploring how we have unconsciously internalizedparts of the Collective Shadow – we need to be aware that we’re going to mess up. We’re going to make mistakes. We might offend someone or be unpopular. That’s okay. It’s okay to be imperfect. It’s okay to say the wrong thing. What matters is what you do after you learn that you’ve made a mistake. Do you totally shut off and stop doing this vital work? Do you react and get aggressive? Or do you practice humility, apologize, and take sincere steps to open your heart and mind even more? Taking personal responsibility is crucial. It’s easy to point the finger at others. But it’s much harder to put the mirror up to ourselves. Remember that all changes, whether personal or collective, start from inside.

5. Connect with your heart and be proactive

When we connect with our hearts and do this work from a heart-centered place, that’s when it’s the most impactful. That’s when we can be the most proactive. Do you need to go to every protest rally out there? No, not necessarily. Your Collective Shadow Work could mean a hundred different things.You might choose to amplify the voices of BIPOC creators on your social media platform. You might speak up against homophobia in your social circle. You might make your business more accessible to people with disabilities. You might journal or create art about the Collective Shadow. You might donate to and support movements such as Black Lives Matter and LGBTQIA+ rights. You might read books, buy workshops, or listen to songs about these issues. You might honor the land you’re on and pay respect to the original indigenous landowners. There are so many avenues. The important thing is to do something – because if your Shadow Work doesn’t also extend to the down-to-earth realities of everyday life, what the f*ck is it for anyway? (I say this with love.)

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I’m not an authority on any of the issues I speak about in this article, just an observer. I’m a traveler, a flawed human being, just as you are, just as we all are. While I am indeed a spiritual being having a human experience, I recognize that I am also a white, able-bodied, cisgender, middle-class woman living on the stolen land of the Whadjuk Noongar people. The fact that I’m even able to write these words and get them out to an audience that is willing to listen is due to my privilege – and due to the Collective Shadow that I unknowingly contribute to, participate in, suffer as a result of, and benefit from.

I hope this article has inspired you to dive deeper with your Shadow Work. It’s not easy, but it is so crucial, so powerful, and so important. I cannot stress that enough.

If you have anything to share or add to this article, I’d love to hear it below in the comments. What are your thoughts, feelings, and opinions? Do you have any resources you’d like to recommend?

About The Author

Aletheia Luna

Aletheia Luna is an influential spiritual writer whose work has changed the lives of thousands of people worldwide. After escaping the religious sect she was raised in, Luna experienced a profound existential crisis that led to her spiritual awakening. As a psychospiritual counselor, tarot reader, and professional writer, Luna’s mission is to help others become conscious of their entrapment and find joy, empowerment, and liberation in any circumstance. See more of her work at lonerwolf.com.

Studies Show That Writing In A Journal Can Benefit Your Emotional & Physical Well-Being

Alanna Ketler
May 27, 2020

If you have read any of my previous articles, you may already know that I am a huge advocate of keeping a journal, or diary or notebook – whichever term you like best to describe the act of writing out your thoughts on paper, or if you prefer, typing them out on a screen.

Personally, journaling is something that has helped me get through some really tough times in my life and is also a great tool for just allowing some new perspective and a space to vent without judgment or advice. But for all of those skeptics out there who don’t understand how something like this could actually help, well, there’s science to prove it.

Psychologists from the University of California were able to investigate the effect of journaling by inviting 20 volunteers to visit the lab for a brain scan before asking them to write for 20 minutes a day for four consecutive days. Half of the participants wrote about a fairly recent emotional experience, while the other half of the participants wrote about something neutral.

Those who chose to write about an emotional experience showed more activity in the part of the brain called the right ventrolateral prefrontal cortex. In turn, this relaxed neural activity that is linked to strong emotional feelings.

According to Lieberman, men seemed to benefit from writing about their feelings more so than women, and writing by hand seemed to have a bigger effect than typing on a keyboard. That’s an interesting note: could men benefit from journaling more because in general they tend to keep their feelings to themselves? A journal can certainly act as a safe space for emotionally deprived men to vent.

“Men tend to show greater benefits and that is a bit counterintuitive. But the reason might be that women more freely put their feelings into words, so this is less of a novel experience for them. For men it’s more of a novelty,” Lieberman said.

Aside from drastic improvements to your mood and emotional well-being, writing out your thoughts and feelings regularly can actually benefit your physical health as well. Journaling can increase your chance of fighting specific diseases like asthma, rheumatoid arthritisAIDS and cancer. Amazingly, it can even help physical wounds heal faster.

study conducted in 2013 found that 76% of adults who spent 20 minutes a day journaling for three days in a row before a scheduled medical biopsy were fully healed 11 days later. On the other hand, 58% of the control group had not yet recovered. The study concluded that just one hour of writing about a distressing event helped the participants to better understand the events and reduce stress levels.

Lead researcher on expressive writing at the University of Texas and author of Writing To Heal, James W. Pennebaker, has found that by translating our experiences into our own language by writing it out, we are able to make the experience more comprehendible.

Pennebaker says: “Emotional upheavals touch every part of our lives. You don’t just lose a job, you don’t just get divorced. These things affect all aspects of who we are — our financial situation, our relationships with others, our views of ourselves…writing helps us focus and organize the experience.”

The Most Efficient Way To Cope With A Big Life Change Is To Journal

Journaling will help you to get over a break-up or cope with other up and down relationships in your life. While it may seem to be overanalyzing, studies have shown that venting about a past relationship actually helps to speed up emotional recovery and can help build a stronger sense of self-identity following a break-up. I don’t know about you, but this is something that I wish I would have done after break-ups that leave you feeling lost and like you don’t know who you are anymore.

By venting I don’t mean to your friends. While this certainly can help, the act of writing, with a pen or pencil, will provide you with the most health benefits.

“Writing accesses the left hemisphere of the brain, which is analytical and rational,” Maud Purcell, a psychotherapist and journaling expert, told Fast Company. “While your left brain is occupied, your right brain is free to do what it does best, i.e. create, intuit, and feel. In this way, writing removes mental blocks and allows us to use more of our brainpower to better understand ourselves and the world around us.”

Journaling Can Provide Long-Term Benefits

Journaling helps you to cope with the experience at hand but it can also help to prepare you to face similar experiences in the future.

“Journal therapy is all about using personal material as a way of documenting an experience, and learning more about yourself in the process,” Kathleen Adams, a psychotherapist and author of Journal to the Self, told the Huffington Post. “It lets us say what’s on our minds and helps us get — and stay — healthy through listening to our inner desires and needs.”

The process of journaling allows you to get to know yourself through your feelings and experiences. It’s just plain and simply writing out your feelings. This is different than just thinking because it is more streamline; you aren’t going back and forth or writing the same thing down over and over again.

You can start right now, or the next time you’re feeling particularly stressed about something. It’s so simple you might as well give it a shot! What do you have to lose? It just might help you more than you might have imagined! Plus, wouldn’t it be fun to look back at the big events that happened in your life in 20 years or longer and see how you were able to deal with the situations? It could even provide you with some insight on how to handle situations you are faced with in the future.

We are constantly being faced with challenges. This is what life is all about, but our reactions to those challenges is what defines who we are. Are we strong and capable or are we weak and playing a victim? The choice is ours!

Much Love