Did you know that the human brain is most impressionable within the first 20 minutes of waking up in the morning? According to research on neurological frequencies within the human brain, there are five major brain wave frequencies that correspond with people’s levels of consciousness. When people sleep, their unconscious minds submerge into a lower frequency of brain activity known as theta waves. Theta waves enable people to feel well-rested, creative, and more connected to their emotions and intuition (often referred to as their subconscious), when well-regulated. So, as a person wakes up in the morning, their brain wave frequencies begin to adjust to their new state of consciousness, making the brain particularly impressionable. However, more often than not, people launch into their days or check their phones first thing, activities that could have negative impacts on the brain’s subconscious while in this phase of transition from sleep to wakefulness. The solution to this problem, however, is easier than one might expect. Journaling presents the perfect activity for people to start their days off right, as it promotes mindfulness, allows people to set clear goals and action statements for their day, and can even serve as a creative outlet for sorting through emotions.