When did you last write down your thoughts and feelings? You’d be amazed at how much it can help to visualise your feelings and worries on paper. Understanding and acknowledging our thoughts helps us to accept them and make some positive changes. Any gender. Any age. It’s definitely something that’s not utilised enough and can be exceptionally helpful.
Let’s face it, nothing could have prepared us for this sudden and unsettling change in our lives over the past 2 months with lock down. Some days are harder than others, but for many of us, it’s given us time to take a step back, reflect on our lives, and focus on what’s important to us.
Journaling is an ideal way to acknowledge and focus on our thoughts and feelings. It has all sorts of benefits to our well being, such as; boosting our mood, reducing symptoms of stress, anxiety and depression, and highlighting any patterns or trigger points throughout the week.
From a science point of view, doing any level of journaling requires the left side of your brain, which is the analytical rational side, to be in full force. This allows the right side, your creative playful side to be free and explore, which can improve your daily well being.
Here’s a useful acronym to get you thinking….WRITE.
W – what do you want to write about? Think of current situations in your life and if there’s anything you want to change. What you are ignoring?
R – take a moment after you’ve written to reflect on what you’ve said and how you feel about it. Try to be present as you write about how you currently feel and what you want.
I – investigate your thoughts and feelings as you write. If your mind starts to wander, refocus on what you’re writing.
T – time yourself. 5 minutes minimum of writing and try and do this a couple of times a week if not more.
E– exit strategy. Re-read what you have written and reflect. Choose a couple of points to take away and any actions you want to put in place.
Hopefully this is enough to get you started on a useful task to help calm your mind and encourage more positive thinking!
Here’s a great article with more information. https://positivepsychology.com/benefits-of-journaling/