Going on Vacation? – Keep Your Memories Secure Forever in an Online Journal Or Diary

Here are some things you usually do on vacation no matter where you go:

– Take photos.

– Try new restaurants.

– Rent a room / condo.

– Buy groceries for the duration of your stay.

– Buy airline tickets if you are flying or gasoline if you are driving.

Those five things are pretty standard for any vacation, and I’m sure there are many more, so you can try to come up with a more exhaustive list customized for you.

The main point here is that each year you will typically forget how much you spent on your room, gasoline, airline tickets, groceries and so forth. You may have taken photos, but they are probably just stored on your computer somewhere, or you may have developed a few and stored them with the rest of your family photos in a box in the closet.

How great would it be to have everything centrally located that dealt with your vacations every year? You should consider chronicling your vacations in an online journal. With an online private journal, you can:

– Upload your vacation pictures, and put a description of each photo if you want.

– Record the best places to eat.

– Scan and upload your trip receipts, such as gasoline, airline tickets, room fees, groceries expenses and more. This will allow you to set a better budget for your next vacation.

Yes, it may take a little time to chronicle your vacation in a private online journal or diary, but you will be taking a trip down memory lane, and you will forever have access to a secure area that you can login to from year to year and remember how great your vacations have been.

5 Reasons Why Diary Writing Will Help Your Mental Health

There are many mental illnesses out there in the big wide world, and it seems that little by little each day medical science is getting closer to making discoveries, getting closer to not only what causes each type of mental illness, but also what sorts of things are preventative measures, and also possible cures for them.

We all have family members who either throughout their lives, or as they have gotten older, have suffered from a form of mental illness such as depression, Alzheimer’s Disease, autism or many more of these life changing and debilitating diseases and illnesses. At the moment there aren’t a lot of things that we can do to cure them either. But one thing that a lot of medical professionals have put forward is that writing in general, or even diary writing is something that research has picked up on having some significant effects on slowing down these mental illnesses.

Let’s have a look at five different reasons why diary writing helps your mental health and could also help prevent the onset of these mental illnesses both now and later in your life:

It helps to bring out your thoughts and your memories.

Ever been on a trip and taken photos and laughed along with people along through the event, only to get home and then realise that you may remember some things about the trip, but not everything, and that it was a faded memory? Even the photos can’t help you remember. Writing it down in a diary helps to record those thoughts and feelings of what it was like when you were there. It stimulates thoughts and emotions. You then remember, what you were wearing, what the weather was like, how good or bad the food tasted. The culture and experience of the place you visited.

It helps you reflect on what sort of a person you are.

Maybe the diary you are keeping is your personal thoughts or part of a therapy advised by a psychologist or practitioner, to help you release those inner feelings and emotions, in order to help you deal with them and perhaps move on from an unpleasant and traumatic experience. By writing down what you thought, what you said, how you acted during a particular event, or a time or a place that you were in, it helps you to recognise perhaps some sorts of behaviours that you may need to correct or think about. It kind of gives you a mirror image of yourself and can often be a positive and useful tool and help you create a better person.

Diary writing gives you that “space” that you often need.

Ever had a time that you just wanted to be alone to collect your thoughts? Some people find that by writing in a diary, it gives them an outlet to get rid of all those constant thoughts going around in your head and it can often be a very cathartic experience. Diary writing can often be that “person to talk to” when you have nobody to share your thoughts with. Even though it can’t answer your questions and things, just by writing it down can often help just to get it out of your mind.

Sometimes it shows your journey or how far you have come.

We have all had challenges in our lives that have seemed at the time against all impossible odds, and by writing these down, it can show how far we have come when we read back over them later. Especially if you are recording things in sequence, you can measure points of time and at what stage you were making certain amounts of progress. It can show your improvements, or even sometimes your failures. But it is like doing your own clinical observations of yourself, it can help you make better decisions and show what mistakes you possibly made in the past to help you try and avoid them in the future.

Writing stimulates brain activity and works your co-ordination.

It’s a healthy experience to write. Whether you are writing by hand, using a typewriter, or maybe even a computer keyboard, you are using the brain actively, along with the muscles, movements and co-ordination to think of what you are writing and also to make it make sense. Are you looking for a particular pattern when you are looking at your mental health? You can often see the highs and lows if you have been recording experiences for a long time. It may show your particular thoughts on a day or your actions during a particular time. This may help you change your thoughts and stimulate other parts of the brain that could be not being used at that particular time.

The Importance of Keeping a Food Diary to Ensure Weight Loss

Using a food diary as part of your armoury can be the missing link of any exercise and nutrition program and can be a very powerful tool when utilised properly and honestly.

Believe it or not, one of the most common causes of failure in exercise and weight loss programs is simply the fact that the person is just eating too much food or eating the wrong types of food or even “crashing out” at regular times each day.

For the majority of us, the overall stance on losing weight is very simple when you really strip it down and that is just the equation of calories in versus calories out.

Put more specifically, the body burns calories 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year and the only thing that changes is the rate of calorie burn. This rate is determined by the activity the person is currently undertaking but rest assured that even while watching TV or sleeping, the natural functions of your body are causing calorie burn!

Therefore in theory, as long as we do not consume more calories from our daily food and drink than we burn off, weight loss is virtually guaranteed. By adding exercise to the mix you can obviously increase the differential between calories in and calories out.

So now we know a little bit more about calories let’s get to this food diary!

You would probably be surprised to learn that just about all of us underestimate exactly how much food and drink we consume each day. Sometimes by as much as 50%! Normally, we just think about our main meals and tend to forget the little bits and pieces here and there like a cookie, a can of soda or beer with dinner or perhaps a slice of cake from the office party at work!

When you keep a food dairy and providing you are totally honest with yourself, it will easily and clearly identify problem foods you are eating or drinking, problems days, problem parts of the day or specific meals that are going against you. You may see a general over eating pattern or you may just find that your afternoon snack is the main cause of your weight woes! For some reason, alcohol seems to be the most common item left out of food diaries!

The best way to get a real feel for how you are going is to keep your food diary religiously and 100% strictly, leaving nothing out that passes your lips for a period of two weeks. It is also very important to eat and drink as you would normally and not just be good while you are recording your food – kind of defeats the purpose don’t you think?!

You can write it all down in a notebook, keep it in a file on your lap top or PC or actually use a small diary. Whatever method is easiest for you to fully note down everything you consume in a day.

What I feel is the absolute best way however and the method I use, is to take a photo using my mobile phone camera of everything I consume. The great part of this is that I just about always have my phone with me and therefore it is quick and easy to simply pull it out and snap! No writing, no note books etc. Just before I go to bed, I cycle through my photos for the day and see what was good, what was bad and what can I learn from it all.

This method is also fantastic if you are co-ordinating your efforts with a personal trainer, nutritionist or dietician where it is sometimes hard to fully answer their questions on what exactly you eat and in what portions.

The crucial point is to ensure you take note of ABSOLUTELY EVERYTHING. More often than not, it is the little things like one cupcake or a few lollies, an alcoholic nightcap or that donut at morning tea that we don’t include yet these are our calorie rich enemies!

So overall, a food diary can be a really powerful tool in keeping your nutritional choices in check and making sure you stay on the right path. The critical factor is being totally honest with yourself and recording everything during that two week analysis stage.

Upon the completion of your two weeks, have a thorough review of all the information you have accumulated and then make the necessary changes. This will go a long way in ensuring you have the best chance of achieving your fitness and weight loss goals!