Let’s talk a little bit about morning routines.

You have a morning routine now, whether you consciously realize it or not. You probably have certain tasks you like to get done shortly after waking up, such as brushing your teeth, taking a shower, walking your dogs, making your kids breakfast, or stumbling out of bed and rushing out the door to get to work.

You’re not trying to reinvent the wheel with your morning routine, but instead just add an activity or two to your morning that will improve your day and your mood.

One of the best activities you can do during your morning routine is to write in a journal. There are many ways this can help you, but one of my personal favorites is with a brain dump.

What is a brain dump?

This simply means you write whatever is on your mind, and keep writing until you feel like you have gotten through all those nagging thoughts. Your mood fluctuations might be from stress or just feeling overwhelmed. Your thoughts can do that without you even realizing it.

By doing this type of brain dump in the morning, you get those thoughts out on paper to help release some of the tension, but also gain a little more clarity.

(Now, if mornings don’t work for you, perhaps journaling can become an afternoon or an evening habit for you. The time really doesn’t matter, although starting your day by journaling can really set the tone for the rest of the day. And I know you want to have the best day possible.)