The Power of Journaling
Are you wondering what journaling is and why so many love it? Then read on.
Journaling is a mindful writing practice which connects you to your thoughts, your feelings, your deep intuition and to the present moment. People journal for many reasons and journaling can be viewed as a form of meditation because you are solely focused on the activity of writing and connecting to your inner self.
A journaling practice is like having an honest conversation with yourself, you can ask yourself questions, you can write your dreams, pour out your fears and worries, you can set goals and plans and you can self reflect and take care of your emotional wellbeing by releasing what keeps playing on your mind.
There are many benefits of a journaling practice and there are different ways to practice and write which will give you their own wonderful benefits but the general benefits of any regular journaling practice are:
Find clarity for problems.
Release stored anger and frustration.
Balances your energy and wellbeing.
Have clear plans for your dreams and goals.
Calms your mind and nervous system.
Helps you heal emotional trauma.
Have better sleep.
The major benefit of a regular journaling practice is the wellbeing of your emotional health.
As a busy adult you often go along your days, weeks and months collecting all forms of emotions, experiences and worries that you keep running on repeat in your mind which can lead to exhaustion, brain fog and feeling deflated in your life.
Journaling is your space to "brain dump" everything that you need to say, everything you feel and even what you need to do to move forward in your life.
There are many ways to incorporate journaling into your day and you don't have to spend a lot of time writing if you are busy. Here are 3 ways you can incorporate journaling into your day.
In the Morning:
Morning is the time for how you wish to feel, planning, goals and dreams and productivity. Take the time with your first cup of coffee to sit with your journal before the kids awake up or after the school run to focus on positive journaling. This could include your days plans, your dreams and future or simply how you wish you feel that day and how you can embody that feeling, by being positive at the start of your day helps raise your vibration and puts you in a productive happier mood to go about your day with skip in your step.
During your lunch break:
This is a great time to "check in" with yourself and how your day is going.
How do you feel? What are you needing? What good things have happened so far? How can look after your needs for the rest of the day? How can you get back on track?
Before going to bed:
This is the time to release your feelings, your worries, fears and stresses from your day.
Just like cleansing your body and teeth from the days build up, clearing your mind from heavy thoughts can help you sleep better and prevent build up of suppressing emotions which over time can lead to emotional burnout, anxiety, depression and even aches and pains in your body.
Which time speaks to you the most?
You can start with one time, you can mix and match according to your needs or do them all each day. There are no rules when it comes to journaling just listen to your heart and your needs.
Journal prompts to begin your practice right now.
Take a notebook or a pad and spend some time with your soul.
Switch your phone to silent and try to spend at least 20 minutes on the below prompts.
You don't have to answer them all, just take the questions you feel you need to explore right now. The key is to not over think the answers, let the words flow from your heart rather than your logical mind, don't hold back, if you start to feel emotional -get emotional- let the tears and frustration flow with the words flowing on the paper.
Remember to be compassionate with yourself, let out everything you are holding onto.
How am I really feeling right now?
What does my soul deeply need?
Am I honouring my own needs (physical and emotional)?
How can I nurture myself this week?
What are my worries and fears right now?
What emotions am I storing that needs to be heard and released?
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