You probably already know that journaling is a great tool to help you overcome emotional eating. Therapists and counselors have long encouraged people to journal to heal from stress and trauma.
Writing down your thoughts and triggers can help you to keep track of what you’re eating and moving forward in your recovery. But for many of us, finding the time and situation to sit down and actually write in the journal might be a little tricky.
For me, I’ve found that journaling tends to happen when I make it a part of my morning routine. Having a set morning routine allows you to set the intention for a healthy and productive day.
Using a food journal will allow you to express yourself and at the same time provides a a therapeutic tool that will help you to get through the day. And with a set morning routine, you get into the practice of writing in the journal every day without thinking about it too much, and you won’t need to worry about it for the rest of the day.
Create a Morning Routine That Works for You
You can also use your food journaling time as part of a full morning routine. Maybe it’s something you do after devotions, meditation and breakfast. The important thing is to set the intention and make it a habit, and you’ll find yourself keeping up with it without too much effort.
Have Your Food Journal Ready to Go
Set up a quiet area in your home to write in your journal. It should be a place where you feel comfortable and won’t get interrupted too much. It might be easier for you to stay in bed to write in your journal before you begin your day (and the house is quiet!)
You might keep it at your kitchen table while drinking your morning coffee, or just relax on the couch for some writing time.
Whatever you do, try to pick an area of the home where you will enjoy sitting and writing, and you won’t have to worry about other people in your house bothering you during this time.
What Should You Write About in the Morning?
Using journaling as part of a morning routine has some definite advantages. Plan your day out in the morning by writing down a favorite scripture or affirmation, start a food log of what you plan to eat.
Journaling about your emotional eating triggers before your day even starts will help to give you a healthy mindset to get you through the day. And when those stress cravings come up, you’ll feel better equipped to handle them.
Remember that journaling for emotional eating doesn’t have any set rules. If writing in the morning doesn’t work for you, that’s okay. Find the time and place that works for you in order to get the most out of journaling.
How to Motivate Yourself to Keep Journaling
As rewarding as journaling can be, sometimes it’s hard to stay motivated with it. If you’re struggling with this, here’s some tips can help you keep that motivation and even perk up some changes to your journaling routine.
Create Daily Journaling Prompts
Creating daily prompts is a great way to keep you motivated. But the key here isn’t do this every day. Take some time on the weekend to create some journal prompts for the week.
Besides the obvious food log, you can write down affirming words that will help to keep you on track when the day starts to get busy.
Decorate Your Journal
Don’t be afraid to have fun and decorate your journal! It’s already yours on the inside, so make it pretty on the outside too. Make it a journal that represents you. You can decorate the outside, the pages, and the flaps. Make sure that the journal is inviting to you and calls to you to write in it. You want something that is as welcoming as your home and that you’ll love to sit down with.