The concept of morning pages originates from The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron. Cameron proposed the practice as a way to clear out blocked emotions and free up creativity. Even if you don’t consider yourself an artist, however, producing morning pages has numerous benefits. It can help you to relax, find mental clarity, and live with more creativity and energy in every area of your life.

Sometimes, when you get stressed or tense, you may find it hard to discipline and focus your mind. Without an outlet for the tension, you bear the mental and emotional cost of these feelings. There’s a risk you may take out your negative emotions on other people, or become distracted and find it hard to complete important tasks. By dumping the contents of your brain onto paper, you can process your emotions and find a private outlet for them. This can lessen their intensity and free up mental space, better equipping you to meet the day.