I just read a post in A Fine Parent blog, “A simple 10-minute routine that will make you a more mindful parent“. I agree with the author, writing does make me more mindful.
I did not realize the power of writing when I was young, but every time when I was feeling really upset, I would like to write. I either wrote in my journal or wrote a letter to a friend. While I was writing, I started to be clearer with my mind, and I could always find the solution to my questions. Besides this, writing really calms me down. I still write once in a while, not a letter to my friends, but on my blog or just Evernote (as my private journal). It always helps me to look at the picture much clearer and plan what to do next. Hence, I totally agree that it is good to have 10 minute writing session every morning.
So I decided to start building this habit tomorrow morning. Currently, I always just go straight to my mailbox, then a few online working sites in the early morning. I should really change this. I will first write in Evernote. I prefer not to write in on my blog, as it always takes more time for me to write a blog post, I would like to write more properly and think more carefully while writing to public. Since I would like to treat this as my daily journal, and keep it short and simple, writing privately would be a better choice for me. I will also set a timer at 10 minutes. I can easily spend one or two hours just in writing, and that’s why I do not keep the habit of journaling, I always spend too much time. Keeping it at 10 minutes is affordable.
I also like one of the simple tips the author of the article I mentioned at the beginning about writing, “Write Without Thinking“. That is the great thing about journaling, we write what we feel. It is not a professional paper, it is not a business proposal, it is just a recording of what is in our mind at the moment. It is a process to discover ourselves, our feeling and our inner self too. It is like a self talk to me.
After journaling, I think it would also be good to spend at least 3 minutes to meditate. This meditation time will help me to feel what I have written in my journal and bring everything down to the ground. It would be good if I can meditate for 10 minutes every morning too.
I believe with the morning routine of journaling and meditating, I will slowly become a more mindful mom. It would even be better if I add yoga practice to my morning routine, but I will slowly blend in the healthy habit instead of just work, work, work in the morning.
Do you have a habit of journaling? If not, perhaps it is a good time to start now.
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