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Emotional Fitness #1

     Are you Emotionally Fit?  Here's tip #1:  
      JOURNAL.   Because emotions are not thoughts they live in your body, in your muscles, in your cells, in your body chemistry.  For example, when we smile, our faces glow and we feel slightly warmer;  when we are angry our brows furrow, our jaws and muscles clench;  when we are sad our eyes tear and bodies slump. If our  emotions are not released through words, actions (confronting a problem), or physically (walking, running,screaming into a pillow) they remain locked in our bodies damaging our physical and emotional health.
     One of the very best ways to reduce emotional stress and strengthen your immune system is to write about your feelings.  Record your  feelings ("I am feeling _____today") and your thoughts about those feelings on a daily basis. 
     Journaling helps you to sort things out, gain some perspective, release pent up emotions and most importantly can help you discover what is at the core of your frustration, anger, sadness, or what truly makes you happy. 
     Honor yourself and your feelings.  Find a special quiet time and place, perhaps light a candle, write in a beautifully designed journal book.   Please give it a try and let me know what you discover about yourself.  I would love to hear from you.   Warm regards, Susan.

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