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One of the simplest ways to relax is to start a journal. As “hoakie” as that sounds, it can actually, be quite meditative. It’s easier than you think, if you aren’t one that’s tried it before. For a single person, there isn’t someone to talk to when the mood strikes you, unless of course you pick up the phone and call someone… So, for this scenario, let’s assume, no one’s home and you’d like to talk. Journaling is the perfect outlet to replace a listening body. Sometimes, it’s better because there’s no distraction.  
The first question might be, “What do I write about?” It’s a valid question, particularly for newbies. When I first started journaling, I wasn’t sure what to write about. That’s because I was thinking about the end game too much. I wanted to make sure what I was going to write about was going to make me feel better. Might I suggest instead, don’t think about the end game. Just start writing. 
I started with the mundane. I would talk to myself about the weather, and before I knew it, an hour had passed, and I’d filled up 5 or 6 pages of my most inner thoughts. Often, I would go in a completely different direction than I started out. This is when it can be just as meditative as reading a great book.  
Ok, so now the question might be, “What’s the point of journaling?” That, my friends, is an easy answer. You will feel better. I call it “mental aerobics.” Once you get into a groove, you’ll be on your way to flushing out tension, anxiety and it may even lead you to discussing passionate topics, like your dreams and wish lists. Journaling doesn’t have to be just for therapy to release your mental anguish. It can be your diary of what you want to do and how you might go about it.  
Remember, it’s private and there’s no judgement. You can write about anything and when you think you’ve written enough, you’ll feel accomplished, and writing is cathartic. When I would journal in the evening, almost always, I slept better because I felt tired in a good way. So, give it a try. Block out some quiet time on your calendar when you know you won’t be distracted. Make yourself a nice cup of tea (if that’s your thing,) and curl up with your pad and pen, or your laptop, if you prefer typing. Don’t over analyze the subject matter. Just start writing about something simple and see what happens. Happy Journaling!

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