JOURNALING PROVIDES YOU WITH A SPACE TO PROCESS YOUR THOUGHTS
Over the years I've come to realise how powerful our emotions can be as a form of expression, something we can be proud of.
To hold emotions inside can lead to physical stress in the body, indicating a host of spiralling effects like anxiety, depression and stress related illnesses.
When you're in touch with your emotions, are able to name them and write them down, you are identifying your feelings.
Journaling provides you with a space to process your thoughts, so you can either embrace them or work out how to manage them.
There’s no doubt in my mind that using a journal is a sure way to release and express your thoughts and emotions. When done regularly it can be a life-changing habit.
It has helped me in so many areas of my life from sorting out and letting go of stuff that’s draining my energy, working through my relentless grief trauma and facing my fears to helping me identify new goals, passions and a life of purpose.
What is the point of Journaling?
Research shows that journaling for at least 15 minutes a day three to five times a week can remarkably improve your physical and mental health.
I see it is a way to process, a way to reflect, a way to record, and a way to unburden your mind.
There are serious benefits to a regular journaling practice. But there aren’t really any rules to it. And that’s why I love it. It’s super flexible to suit you.
How often should you journal?
Unlike writing a diary you don’t need to journal every day. It’s up to you to decide realistically when you can fit it in. As long as you are consistent, it can be once or three times a week or every day. But it need only be for 10- 15 minutes, preferably at the same time of day.
3 Hacks to get you started
📕 Choose a nice notebook to write in, something you like! It doesn’t have to be particularly special or expensive.
📙 Meditate first as this is a powerful way to clear your mind and bring you to the best place to journal from.
📗 Don’t edit your words or thoughts, just let them flow onto the page. Be bold and honest with yourself, you’ll be surprised how this approach will help to support you in your daily life.
What should you write about?
I’ve listed seven useful prompts below, to help you get writing.
🖌️ Write about three things you're grateful for today — and why?
🖌️ Write about a current challenge you're struggling with.
🖌️ Write about something (or someone) extremely important to you.
🖌️ Write about something you have done that you're proud of.
🖌️ Write about 3 things you said yes to and 3 things you said no to.
🖌️ Write about -'How am I feeling right now?'
In the event of wanting to face your biggest fears and anxieties, writing down and identifying them helps you confront them and is a key part of spiritual growth.
You’ll be more prepared to manage some of life’s most frightening moments if you deal with them before they happen.
Here's a quick reminder for you...
Put pen to paper and let your thoughts flow.
Trust your intuition.
Don’t overthink it.
Write down the first things that come to mind.
If you'd like any further help to kick start your own journaling experience, contact me or email email@example.com
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Annie Moore is an author, menopause yoga, qigong, and mindfulness meditation coach with years of exeperince and passion for helping women in midlife and beyond to thrive and flourish by living the life they truly want with purpose.