Prioritize Your Mental Wellness in 3 Simple Steps

Prioritize Your Mental Wellness in 3 Simple Steps
Whether you are an entrepreneur, working in corporate, a mom, dog mom, hopping between 2 to 3 jobs, or managing your home…life gets BUSY and stressful. 

It’s so easy to put yourself last because our to-do lists have become pages long. We try to cram so much within our day that by the time evening rolls around you fall into bed exhausted and with leaving no time for yourself. 

If you truly want to release the stress and anxiety in your life, you know what you have to do? 

You might not like my answer….

You must prioritize your mental wellness. That means YOU! How can you begin to make yourself a priority again? Here are 3 simple tips to help you get started.  

1. Get a good night's sleep! Your evening routine and getting enough sleep is so important for waking up and feeling ready for a brand new day. Your mind will be more awake and it’s easier to get up and greet the morning.

2. Move your body. What types of workouts do you enjoy? Going on walks, yoga, hiking, biking, dancing, snowshoeing…Choose 1 or 2 of your favorites and set a goal to move your body a little each day. It boosts your mood and your confidence!

3. Drink plenty of water! Water is amazing for our skin, mental clarity, flushing out toxins that the body doesn’t need, even supports your joints too! Even better if you add some
 Grape or Watermelon Edge to your water. YUM!! The mood and motivation boost that comes from that is just awesome! You have got to try that if you haven't yet!  

What are ways you enjoy making your mental wellness a priority? If you could use a little extra support in your mental wellness journey, be sure to join my free community Journaling & Self-Care Ideas for Women. I'd love to welcome you to the community

Use Your Journal to Guide You Through Your Worry

Use Your Journal to Guide You Through Your Worry
Have you ever been faced with a decision and you just have no idea what to do? Maybe you ruminate over the issue, you talk about it aloud to yourself or to a close friend, you go to bed worried about this decision and you wake up thinking about it. The worry has literally exhausted you. 

That was exactly me a few weeks ago. I had such intense worry over a business decision I was faced with and I honestly felt so lost and confused about what to do. I played the worry in my mind over and over again. I spent time in prayer and reading my Bible. You know what I hadn't done though? I never journaled about it! 

When you are faced with a worrisome situation and you find yourself stressing over it or becoming so full of anxiety, stop and take a deep breathe, give it to God in prayer, and then get out your journal. Free write all of your thoughts out onto your pages. There's a good chance that things might not make sense right away. The more you journal out this situation or decision though, the more clear it becomes and as you read back over what you wrote, the answer really is right there in front of you. 

I discovered this approach by re-reading an old journal that I kept when I was in college. I was deeply stressed out about a relationship and I wrote out how difficult the situation was. I literally was telling myself in my journal what to do and that the relationship needed to end, but I was so consumed with my worry during that time that I didn't even see it clearly until many years later as I was reading it all over again. Read your journal entries back to yourself, you will be amazed at what you will discover and how clarity will eventually find its way in to your heart and mind. 

If you need additional support with your journaling, I invite you to take a look at the 30 Day Journaling Kickstart Guide. Inside is everything you need to create a consistent journaling habit with step-by-step instructions and 30 days of prompts. You can check that out here.

Change Can Be Painful, Yet So Beautiful

Change Can Be Painful, Yet So Beautiful
Life really never ceases to hide surprises around each corner, doesn't it? How do you feel about change in your life? Some women freeze in fear at the thought of change, while others seem to easily embrace it. If change makes you feel unsure or worried, try look at it from a different angle. What would happen if we viewed change as an adventure or the start of a new book in a series? It probably wouldn't seem so scary then - you'd maybe even look at it as being fun. 

Change can bring on uncomfortable emotions though, such as grief, and I think it's really important to take the time that you need to grieve any unanswered dreams, prayers, or losses. I personally experienced this when my husband Clinton and I discovered that we would not be able to naturally conceive our own children. It brought on a new chapter in our lives and a wave of grief settled in. 

There came a moment during my grieving season where I had to ask myself if I wanted to stay in this place or if I wanted to rediscover my hope and joy again. I chose to make the change in that moment and to take the little steps forward to heal. That change was not easy, there's still moments where I feel so sad, and if that's what you are experiencing too - it is okay! Feelings are not right or wrong. Give yourself the grace and the time that you need. Just promise me you won't stay in that place for too long. 

There are so many blessings in this moment and ahead on your personal growth journey just waiting for you. If you have difficulty with change, care for yourself today by journaling, writing out a new affirmation, or spending some quiet time in your favorite space in your home or outside. 

Be sure to join our free community Journaling & Self-Care Ideas for Women to Ignite Their Inner Sparkle. Inside you will discover journaling tips & prompts, as well as simple self-care tools to use in your personal growth journey to discovering more about your unique self. 

Finding Your Inner Sparkle through Journaling

Finding Your Inner Sparkle through Journaling
Are you tired of staring at your blank journaling pages and wondering what to write about? You wonder what could you possibly even begin to write about, so you put your journal to the side - and soon, your journal may end up on a closet shelf or on a book shelf and forgotten. You  may even think if journaling is something that could actually be for you, or where you would possibly fit it into your busy day.

You have such good intentions with journaling and you see how it could benefit you, but you think maybe you should just wait till life slows down a bit. But, does life ever slow down? The reality is, we will always have something on our to-do list or other things distracting us. We live in a world where there are distractions all around us. If you want to become intentional with journaling, then you must become intentional with your priorities and your time.

Creating your journaling routine is simple, but it does take some focus and a commitment to show up and be consistent. This is where my program The Joy of Journaling enters in. This is the program where you will be so excited to journal. You'll grab your journal and you just can't wait to write out your thoughts and feelings onto your journaling pages. Let me break down everything you will discover inside this journaling mentorship program.

1. Together we are going to get very clear on when your journaling routine is going to be within your day. I walk you through a step-by-step approach to personalizing your journaling routine - you will be clear. on the time of day you show up to journal, and how long you want your journaling routine to be. And because this is a mentorship program you are going to have the accountable you need - as women we need each other. We need to link arms with one another and encourage each other to take those moments to ourselves; and we can do that by having a journaling routine.

2. Each month you will receive 30 or more journaling prompts that are created around personal themes.
Themes such as:
- discovering more about yourself
- your patterns and behaviors
- connecting with your inner child
- embracing all the wonderful things that bring you joy and how you can share those joys with those around you
- increasing your self-awareness through gratitude
- exploring how to step out of comfort zones that may be holding you back
- grief and reclaiming your hope
- plus so much more!

3. A part of a personal growth journey through journaling is also being open to learning. Each month you will receive a book recommendation. Sometimes the books will relate to our journaling themes, other months they may be a member favorite, or one of my personal development favorites. These books that are shared are to guide you on your journey to blooming into the beautiful and authentic woman that you desire to be.  

4. When you are open to a personal growth journey there will be moments where your emotions will become heavy, or you will be healing and forgiving yourself or others from past events, or releasing worry or shame - those are big moments to walk through. And because of that I will guide you on how to use essential oils intentionally to help you support your emotions during that time. Essential oils are an incredible tool that you can use in your self-care routines and they have this really neat way to working with your brain and your memories, and helping you overcome any obstacle when used properly and consistently.

5. You have the opportunity within the Joy of Journaling program to work directly 1:1 on with me where I can create personalized prompts that are just for you - and these prompts can be geared towards any struggles of worry, grief, anxiety, or self-doubt that you are experiencing. We'll work together on creating your journaling routine so that it supports you and the goals you have for yourself.

6. And of course, there are bonuses inside the Joy of Journaling! Coming in the Fall of 2022 we will have bi-weekly Journal with Me sessions. This is where we will come together as a community and journal together. It will be very quiet and no one will need to share anything unless you feel absolutely lead to. I will provide 3-5 journaling prompts for each session, there will be calming music in the background, and I will guide you through the journaling process. It'll be a very peaceful experience. As another bonus you will receive my guide on 105 Gratitude Prompts to boost your self-confidence and awareness. Plus, you'll also have access to all of my favorite journaling resources.

The doors are officially open! Join the Joy of Journaling with Coach Jenna today. I cannot wait to journal with you and see you rediscover your inner sparkle through journaling.

Priorities VS. Time Wasters...Do You Know the Difference?

Priorities VS. Time Wasters...Do You Know the Difference?
 Do you ever feel so exhausted at the end of the day, but you don't feel like anything really got accomplished? Open up your calendar and really take a good, long look at your upcoming week. What activities or to-do items are a waste of your time (and be honest with yourself) - this is time that could be spent better by doing something that really matters to you?

Think about how you spend your day too. Do you have moments in your day where you are just scrolling through social media, shopping sites, or Pinterest? Those things aren't bad....but they can sure take up a lot of your precious time that could be spent doing something much more productive and encouraging.

 Once you identify the time wasters within your day or week, cancel them and remove them from your calendar. It may feel kind of awkward at first to let go of an obligation (whether it is personal or professional), but the benefit of creating space for what is important to you just far outweighs a brief moment of discomfort. 

Do you know what this is? This is YOU caring for yourself and what you need. You are so important and valuable. Don't waste your time on the things that no longer matter or serve you and your purpose. Continue taking those steps on your personal growth journey. You got this! 

If you would like to receive daily encouragement, self-care & journaling tips - I'd love to welcome you to my free online community - Journaling & Self-Care Ideas for Women to Ignite their Inner Sparkle. Inside I share journaling tips, how-to's, and prompts; as well as simple self-care tips to help you release any worry or stress that you may be struggling with.

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