Me again! Happy Wellness Wednesday 🙂 This week I wanted to talk about journaling.
As someone who has dealt with their fair share of anxiety, I can tell you that journaling has been a lifesaver. Take everything that is rushing around through your mind, put it to paper, close your journal, and move on. Sometimes I don’t even realize something is stuck in my mind until I start free writing. But as I write, the words come out, and my brain is finally able to release my anxiety.
I know we’re all busy, but ask yourself this: How much time have you spent staring into space because you couldn’t get a thought cycle out of your mind? Could you be more productive at work? Could you be more present with your friends and family? Maybe you could spend less time scrolling Instagram or watching Netflix. And by less time, I mean 5 minutes. Write down whatever is distracting you, and move on.
With shifting seasons, comes change.
Fall brings up a lot of change. The weather is transitioning from warm to cool, school is starting back up, jobs are gaining speed as people return from summer vacations. In the midst of all this, it’s easy to let anxiety creep in. One minute you’re calm, cool, and collected, the next your snapping at a customer, honking at the lady who pulled out in front of you, and letting your anxiety reduce you to a pile of mush on the couch. Journaling can help. A cute journal can help even more. Seriously, I don’t know what it is about nice stationary, but it makes me excited to put pen to paper.
One major way to help with the anxiety and stress that comes with busier times is a list of what you’re grateful for. I like to get in the habit of writing down three things while my coffee is brewing in the morning. I’m not going to sit here and tell you I’m good about doing this all the time, because I don’t. But when I catch myself getting sucked into negativity, I make this habit a priority. Switch your mindset to positivity and watch how your mood improves.
Make it a habit.
Sometimes to get into the habit of journaling, you have to make a ritual of it. Pick a spot in your house and set yourself up. If you’re into candles like me, maybe you’ll put one next to your journal. Light the candle when you sit down to write as a signal to your brain. Stick to the routine and let it become a habit. Even if you sit there and get one sentence out in those five minutes, consider it an accomplishment. That’s one more sentence than if you hadn’t tried at all. Before you know it you’ll crave this five minute brain dump. It’s freeing. You’ll start to walk away feeling clear-headed and wonder what life what like before this was a regular practice for you.
Refocus on your goals.
With the seasonal changes, now is also a great time to get back to the goals you set at the beginning of the year. We’ve got four months left, how are you doing? I recently started reading The Universe Has Your Back by Gabrielle Bernstein. In it she talks about interpreting everything through love instead of fear. In this mindset, she then asks you to set visions for yourself. I challenge you to do the same. In fact, read her book and follow along with me. It will open your eyes to how you are holding yourself back.
All in all, what I’m trying to say is that there is so much stuck inside your mind that needs to be let out. You
may not even know it’s there, but the minute you sit down to journal, it’ll come out. You just have to let it. And as soon as you empty out the clutter in the back of your mind, you’ll be that much more available to what life throws in the present. Embrace the changing seasons and take this opportunity to release what’s been holding you back and envision what you want to move you forward.