In such a confusing world, with so many options, how do you know where to begin or where you’re going?
Since the beginning of time, writing has been a tool that was used to communicate an idea. The Mesopotamians were the first to introduce writing in the form of symbols, carving them on clay tablets to mark their territory, so to speak. Since language back then wasn’t what it is today, hunter-gatherer communities needed a way to keep track of property.
The Never-Ending Story
Today, writing, has evolved into an amazing form of expression. The simple act of writing things down can impact your happiness in a really, really big way. The reason for this is because writing things down is often an emotional release; a way for us organize and reflect on our thoughts and ideas. A way to decompose and let go.
How Writing Can Improve Your Mental Health
In as little as ten minutes, writing can be the mood-lifter you need that enhances your emotional well-being. Having said that, here are several writing exercises that can improve your mental health.
1. The Good Things: I know what it’s like; you work hard, you put all your effort into doing something to the best of your ability, and it doesn’t always reflect. Your life may not be where you want it to be, but that doesn’t mean that you’re not good at what you do or that you’re not strong. Using The Good Things method can help us think more positively. At the end of each day, write down three good things that you did or that happened. This is something I do all the time. At the end of most days, I sign in to Consol, create a new note and reflect on three things that went well. It doesn’t have to be anything big. It can be something as small as “My boss smiled at me today” or “I tried new food and I really liked it. :)” These simple things really lift your mood. Remember, worry is a distraction from what’s important. Jotting positive things down can really enhance the level of our emotional well-being and can shape the way we look at our world.
2. Gratitude Log: Similar to “The Good Things” method, the gratitude log is an exercise in which you jot down three or more things that you appreciate in your world. It could be anything; someone in your life, an object close to your heart, a book, a movie, food, etc. Anything you’re thankful for, really.
3. Daily Quotes: Find a quote you really like and jot it down. This is so that when you’re feeling stressed, anxious or upset, reading the quote will make you feel empowered.
4. Daily Goals: Each morning, start your day off by writing down a new goal. This is a goal you’ll attempt to accomplish before the day comes to an end. It doesn’t have to be anything big. It can be something as simple as “Say hi to my co-worker”, “Do some meditation before sleep” or “Take a lunch break instead of overworking myself.”
5. Journaling: Keeping a journal is a really healthy thing to do, as cliché as it may seem. With a journal, you write about your thoughts, how your day went, etc. Anything on your mind. It’s more of a freestyle writing exercise for your mental health. Some of the most successful people in the world keep a journal. It’s your private place to be completely honest with how you’re doing in your life.
Consol Empowers Mental Health Enthusiasts & Writers
I have a secret. Using Consol has made me a healthier and happier person. Because of Consol’s intuitive design and intelligent layout, I’m able to do these writing exercises with ease, and no other platform has motivated me at this level. Here’s an example of how I do these exercises: feel free to use the same method.
What’s more, since Consol’s tagging feature is so powerful, I can express key ideas in one word. #Progress, #Happiness, #NewFood. This way, if I click on any one of these tags one month into these writing exercises, I can see a list of notes with these key topics and see the progress I’ve been making.
If you follow these steps consistently for one month, it is guaranteed that you’ll start feeling happier and more motivated than ever to achieve your goals and go after what makes you happy. Finally, you’ll realize that jotting things down — that emotional release — is vital to your success and to the improvement of your mental health.
Forgetful? Use Consol Tasks to remind yourself to do these exercises at a specified period of time.
So, what are you waiting for? Login to your Consol account and start your journey towards a happier life!