23 Jan How to use Journaling for Amazing Results
Life sometimes can get tough and leave you stressed out or burned out. We are constantly compelled to juggle a million things at a time; work, family; friends, etc. All this multitasking sometimes makes us forget to take care of our mental health. If this sounds like your life then maybe it’s time for you to focus on your self-care.
Self-care is a way to improve one’s overall wellness by carrying out routine activities that keep you relaxed and grounded. Whatever gives you the opportunity to lock out the rest of the world and reconnect with your thoughts. Keeping a journal for me is my way of practicing self-care and I want to tell you guys all about it.
Journaling is an amazing self-care tool that helps me relieve stress and understand my emotions. If you are trying to live a more intentional life or finding a way to sort out the constant mess that clouds your mind and impacts your choices, journaling is a great option. All you need to start is a journal, a pen, and your words.
Find out the importance of this self-care tool and a guide on how to start your own journal.
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The Purpose of Journaling
It is really simple; journaling is all about self-awareness. By writing down some thoughts and ideas going through your mind you are able to reflect on them and understand yourself better.
When living a fast-paced life, it is easy to forget a lot of things that are important. We do not always take time to understand what we are going through and how it affects us because we are always chasing the next big thing. There is always a next project to tackle, kids to take care of, a promotion to secure, a job interview to nail or we get caught up trying to survive on a daily basis.
Some will say this is just life, but when last did you check in with yourself by asking: “How am I feeling?” “Am I happy?” “Why am I always angry?”
Journaling helps fight against the shortsightedness we often suffer from when looking at our lives and lets us take a step back and look deep within ourselves. It lets you analyze and understand your actions, reactions, and feelings to situations in order to leave a more meaningful and fulfilled life.
Writing down your feelings helps clear your mind and have an honest conversation with yourself free of judgment. Psychologists affirm that writing helps improve sleep, general physical health, makes you less anxious, and happier. So why not give it a try?
Benefits of Journaling
- Focus on positivity
One of the benefits of this practice is that it helps generate more positive thinking. Whether your style involves creating daily checklists of your activities, prompts, or long-form writing, journaling helps you take note of the highlights of your day. By making this a daily practice you can focus on what you have accomplished and what you are grateful for. You will be inclined to figuring out the source of your negative emotions and learn how to deal with them.
- Emotional release
Sieving through our emotions is always a great way to figure out what is going wrong and try to fix it. Journaling helps you to be open about your feelings. By writing them down you learn more about yourself and what you want out of life. By facing your fears, doubts, and darkest thoughts without judgment, you will be able to gain insight to how to make your life better.
- Reconnect with yourself
It is difficult to disconnect from the world when we always have something going on. Have you ever tried to silence your brain? I bet the more you tried the more your mind spiraled. Taking a step away from everything is necessary. By building a journaling routine, you get the chance to focus solely on yourself and reflect on all the moments of your life. This is a special time for you to relax and have an honest discussion with yourself. Trust me when I say the results are amazing.
How to start journaling
The great thing with journaling is there are absolutely no rules. All you need to do is sit down and write the ideas that come to mind. Remember your journal is your safe space so let it reflect your true feelings.
Filling up the first page perhaps will be the most daunting and if you do not know what to write at first it’s okay. Here are a few ideas to help you out.
Focus on your feelings
Before you start writing think about how you feel at the moment. A great way to start is by asking yourself a few questions and putting the answers down in writing. How do you feel right now? Why do you feel that way? How do you want to feel? What can you do to feel that way?
Did you wake up today in a dark mood with no idea why? Or did you have a positive experience throughout the day that you are excited about? Think about how all these experiences make you feel and write about them. Do not try to control your thought process. Just write what comes to your mind.
Remember our negative thoughts come from emotions like doubt, fear, anger, or disappointment. By writing without letting these feelings cloud your judgment you will be able to discover something new about yourself.
Set up a routine
Set out a specific time at which you want to write and create a routine that you are comfortable with. By doing this your mind will grow more receptive to the exercise and you will become more comfortable. There is no rule on how often you need to write. For some people writing morning pages works for them while others prefer writing before going to bed. Once again do you.
Clear your mind
Before you start writing, clear your mind. Invite some peace and quiet and relax before you pick up your pen. You could try meditation or listen to some soothing music while having a glass of wine. Then pick up your pen and write down everything thing that comes to your mind. Focus your journal on your life and the events happening in it.
Truly there is no magic to it journaling is just you being open to yourself and really paying attention to what is going to in your life. However you choose to use your journal, do not be afraid to write. Listen to yourself, writing your feelings down will increase your self-awareness, understand your needs, and take proper care of yourself.
I hope this has been of help to you. If you want to pick up journaling straight away, here are some extra resources to help you:
It sometimes is easier to start writing when you have a direction. A prompt is a direct order that points you to a topic to write on. You could pick themes to write on if free writing isn’t really your thing.
Create a Gratitude list
Self-care is all about improving one’s life by focusing on positive emotions. Practicing gratitude is a self-care method that operates a shift of mindset from one of scarcity to that of plenty. We tend to focus on the things we do not have rather than being grateful for what we have. This is generally what creates the sentiment of lack and want we sometimes feel.
Writing a gratitude list in your journal is a powerful yet simple way of keeping yourself motivated. Be thankful for all the good things you have no matter how small. Reflect on this list and keep your spirits high.
Here are some tools that help make my journaling fun:
Today I Affirm: A Journal that Nurtures Self-Care by Alexandra Elle – An amazing guided journal.
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