Journaling is a powerful tool for self-reflection that I actually recommend to almost all of my patients. We can journal in the morning, we can journal at night, or we can journal at any time throughout the day. Often when we journal in the morning, we're looking to just clear our minds and focus on what we want from the day ahead of us, and when we're journaling at night, it's often an opportunity to actually reflect on the day that's passed and process all of the emotions and experiences and thoughts that we've had throughout the course of the day. I often recommend that we don't get overly strict or rigid with our journaling practices. A lot of people tend to get self-critical and feel like "I'm bad at journaling. I'm not good at it. I can never finish a journal." And so being flexible and really aware of how those self-critical voices creep in is important and maintaining a sustainable journaling practice.
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