Lockdown has tested most of us to the limit with lack of freedom, seeing family and friends, insecurities on the work front, the list is endless…
Worries and anxieties can manifest themselves in so many ways but keeping them inside can be detrimental to our mental health. Issues that on the surface seem small and insignificant can be blown up out of proportion especially when we have not had people around us to ground us.
This is where the power of Journaling can really help.
Some people see Journaling akin to keeping a diary as we did when we were younger. Yes, there are some similarities about daily musings, but Journaling can be so much more.
How can Journaling help me deal with negativity?
Getting into a habit of writing in your journal can bring perspective to situations and allow for reflection time, to help you deal with negative thoughts.
- It provides an opportunity to reflect and “self-talk” so you can quickly identify negative thoughts and recognise the triggers that affect your state of mind.
- Allows you to vent and release any pent-up feelings of everyday stress.
- Gives you the headspace to look at the issue and bring clarity to situations.
Creating a positive frame of mind for the future
Exploring and learning from experiences are important as a foundation for how we deal with the future. Keeping a Journal allows you to track the past, learn and then change behaviours and mindsets for future.
- You will start to develop more self-awareness, as your Journal will be able to track behaviours in situations and remind you how you reacted to them.
- Building connections and thoughts together in one place will help you start to shape ideas and plans for your life ahead.
- Journaling can help propel you to your goals and keeping them in one place acts as a daily reminder as to WHY you are DOING, WHAT you are DOING.
Building Gratitude into your daily life
Even more relevant after the year just passed.
Getting into the practice of keeping a gratitude Journal can be a mood booster and help with our well-being. Simple things that previously may have passed you by are worth noting down so you can reflect back on the things that have brought you pleasure, and you are grateful for.
Can Journaling help my health and well-being?
This is where having a Journal to track behaviours and habits can be a real eye-opener.
- Food cravings or Food diaries can identify triggers that impact on moods, sleep and reactions
- Reducing overwhelm by prioritising concerns can help reduce blood pressure and liver functionality by dealing with stressful situations in a healthy way.
- Getting into the habit of daily journaling, creating “Me Time” helps you to unwind and destress.
How do I start Journaling?
If you are looking to just keep a simple journal of thoughts and experiences, then here are some tips to get started.
- Decide on what you want to use your Journal for, daily events, thoughts and feelings or do you want more structure such as a Bullet Journal?
- Try and pick a time of day that allows you the space to quietly write and reflect. This could be 5 minutes in the morning or just before you go to bed. But stick to it so it becomes a habit.
- Try and keep things in the present tense.
- Include things you are struggling with but also jot down your successes.
- Positive affirmations that resonate with you are perfect to include and will always bring a smile or a mood booster when you see them.
- Reflect at the end of your writing to bring perspective and summarise so you learn for the future.
Remember Journaling will be different to each and every one of us. It is an individual process for your eyes only, so there is no formula to follow but used constructively, your daily journal can help shape your future.
Bullet Journaling is a system which combines productivity with journaling and mindfulness, so if you need more structure to help you get into the habit then this maybe a starting point for you.
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