by Julie Mae Allison, 8th June 2020
We are all busy people, going about our daily routines and daily reality, usually on one speed of “FAST” to get everything done in the day. We get up and do the same thing every day, it’s become a habit – we don’t even think about it
We are always in a rush for everything. Then we come home exhausted, too tired to do anything else. We have enough energy to watch some television. Usually, the things we need to get done are for someone else’s benefit – other family members or for the bosses at work, or authoritative figures, because they said so.
But what is of benefit to YOU? How are you going to tun your life around if you never give yourself enough time for reflecting on what YOU want to do.
The way Journaling can help:
If you write “What I am grateful for” down in the morning, it sets you up for the day in a good mood. It sets your intention for planning your day by writing down the task you intend to complete.
It is a way of ensuring you sit and reflect on your life. It allows you to take a few moments out of your day to produce a written record of your thoughts and how you are really feeling. It helps you to work through your emotions. Putting pen to paper really helps you express how you are feeling.
It helps long term to get clarity in your life. You can use a journal to reflect on the things you don’t want in your life and the things you do want (you can start to build up a wish list).
This is a daily routine that you can do to calm your mind and bring it into the present moment. If you don’t do it daily, don’t beat yourself up about it. But writing it down is particularly good for the soul.
If something has happened in your day or someone has said something to you that drained your energy, instead of coming home and playing the victim, going over the bad situation, which will make you feel even worse, sit down and contemplate what lesson this person taught you (we are all here in this life to learn lessons from others and events that come into our life). If things that have happened have really affected you, you could write down all your concerns and worries, you could even write to a person who has affected you, without actually sending the letter to them. This allows your feelings to open up (your feelings must not be suppressed). But, more than that, it allows you to LET GO and release negative emotions.
Experiments show that writing things down helps you to learn things better, AND you’ll remember the things you wrote down a lot more. You organise your thoughts which leads to a deeper processing of the information you are writing down.
Tips on ensuring you write daily in your journal:
- Choose a lovely notebook that resonates with you so that you enjoy writing in it (there are now hundreds of Journals with prompts for you to choose from)
- Leave your journal in a place that you can easily get to in the morning
- Make it one of the first things you do in the morning.
- Write just 3 things you are grateful for.
- Write just 3 tasks that you plan to do that day – these tasks are all to move you forward in your life (ie I will apply for the job abroad that I’ve seen, I will approach the new girl in the office to make friends with her).
- At the end of the day, review your journal and write down all that you have achieved. Congratulate yourself for each task that you have achieved or each time you were kind to someone, even if they weren’t too kind to you.