The simplest way to start resetting your emotional and mental health is with a brain dump. This is when you get out your journal, notebook, or piece of paper, and write absolutely anything and everything that is on your mind.
There are no rules, timers, or quantities you need to achieve here. It is just about writing until you feel like all your thoughts, worries, feelings, plans, goals, emotions, and anything else in your head is on paper.
You may also see this called “stream of consciousness” journaling since it works in much the same way. Here are some things to know about the brain dump style of journaling:
There are no rules about what or how to write - Don’t worry about anything while you write, whether that is how nice your handwriting is to spelling or grammatical errors. You just need to get your thoughts out of your head and onto paper. That is the only thing you should be worrying about.
You will probably change topics frequently - Brain dumps are not succinct or in any type of order. You are probably not using a journal prompt of any kind, or choosing a topic to write about. The point is to just write whatever comes to your mind. This means writing about as many different things as you want.
Allow yourself to write for as long as you need to - Don’t set a limit as far as how long to write or how many pages. That helps with daily journaling, but brain dumps are done less often, and therefore need the flexibility of as much time as you need to get done.
Create a Journaling Routine
After you have done your initial brain dump, you can keep using a journal for your life reset by creating a routine. This is when you want to decide what to journal about, how often, and how it fits into your day. While we recommend writing in your journal at least once a day, it should work best with your schedule.
Tips for Creating a Journaling Routine
The key here is to have a journaling routine that works best for you. Don’t worry about what others are doing, as your schedule and preferences are probably going to make it a little different. However, we do have some tips if you’re not sure what it should be like.
Find the right journaling space in your home – Choose an area of your home where you can sit down in peace and quiet, and just focus on your writing. This might be in your home office, a desk or writing space in your bedroom, or on your dining room table. It doesn’t have to be an entire room like a private office but set up the space to have everything you need.
Play some music or diffuse some essential oils-- Choose soothing music that will help you relax. Diffuse essential oils to create a peaceful environment and you get all the health benefits at the same time.
Journal around the same time every day – If you want this to become a habit, you need to create a journaling routine that occurs around the same time each day. For example, if it is part of your morning routine, do the same things in order each morning.
For you, this might mean brushing your teeth, getting a glass of water, and sitting down to write. For others, they know it’s journal writing time after the dishes are done in the evening.
Keep it short when needed – Sometimes, you only have 5 minutes or less to write in your journal, and that’s okay! The most important thing is that you still write, even if it’s half a page before you have to get ready to leave. This is better than nothing and still allows you to benefit from it.
So, get a pretty journal and follow these simple steps and do a brain dump.
To Your Health,