The Benefits of Stream-of-Conscious Journaling

Welcome to the Daily Distance, a new daily series from the creators of #WeGotGoals. In these short episodes, we’re bringing you one daily goal you can set for yourself during this chaotic time- one actionable thing you can do to move your body, connect with a friend, prioritize your mental health, get some work done, and practice a little bit of self-care. 

Today we bring on an old friend of aSweatLife, chef Alia Dalal (whom you may remember from our virtual spa night a few weeks ago). Contrary to all of our expectations, Alia’s recommendation has nothing to do with food or cooking (so don’t expect any tips for your sourdough starter). Instead, she’s advising us to start stream-of-consciousness journaling. She and Kristen talk about the different names and methods for this journaling process (The Artist’s Way, anyone?), how she sets herself up for this ritual, and why this ritual is better on paper than on a computer.


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About Kristen Geil

A native of Lexington, Kentucky, Kristen moved to Chicago in 2011 and received her MA in Writing, Rhetoric, and Discourse from DePaul while trying to maintain her southern accent. Kristen grew up playing sports, and since moving to Chicago, she’s fallen in love with the lakefront running path and the lively group fitness scene. Now, as a currently retired marathoner and sweat junkie, you can usually find her trying new workouts around the city and meticulously crafting Instagram-friendly smoothie bowls. Kristen came on to A Sweat Life full-time in 2018 as Editor-in-Chief, and she spends her days managing writers, building content strategy, and fighting for the Oxford comma.