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Want a happier, calmer and more fulfilled life? Then try a six-minute daily diary habit

Routine can bring positive changes for body and mind, which is exactly what our writer found when she took inspiration from a new self-help book and started journaling for six minutes twice a day

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Keeping a diary can prove beneficial for your mental health

Keeping a diary can prove beneficial for your mental health

Keeping a diary can prove beneficial for your mental health

The word ‘routine’ might sound a lot like ‘rut’ in two syllables — boring, repetitive, samey, dull — but the reality is that our bodies love a bit of routine. Particularly in the morning, where established habits and rhythms can help set us up for the day, aiding mood, sleep, and overall well-being. Ayurveda — Sanskrit for ‘life science’ and developed in India around 3,000 years ago in conjunction with yoga — has always known the benefits of a repeated morning ritual.

Pre-pandemic, a morning routine for us may have involved alarm clocks, caffeine, processed foods, shoe-horning kids into clothes and cars, rushing, stressing, traffic — all before a day’s paid work. Even if there are no kids involved, this is not an ideal way to start your day. And then lockdown happened, and the grind of a stressy start was replaced with structureless nothingness, which might have felt like a novelty initially, until it didn’t.


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