Jacob Hazeltine: Self-Intervention

For this weeks self-intervention, I decided to keep a daily journal of my thoughts and actions. Many people in my life keep journals and they say it is therapeutic and helps with stress and anxiety. I never really bought into it so I decided it would be a good idea to try it out for myself. My first day of journaling was interesting, as I didn’t really know what to write about, so I began by simply listing the activities that I had done that day. On my second day, I tried to write more about how my I felt throughout the day, and my thoughts pertaining to my activities. At the end of the week, I was writing about my feelings and discovering how my actions affected my mood and my emotions. I found it to be a calming way to end my night, as opposed to laying in bed on my phone. After finishing my entry, I would typically turn out the lights and go to bed. I found myself waking up better rested and calmer. I was more aware of myself as I progressed through my day because I didn’t want to forget anything that had happened and I wouldn’t leave it out of my journal. Being more observant allowed me to enjoy nature more, connect better with my family and friends, and go through life with a more positive attitude.

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