Journalling Benefits For Self-Care
Caring for yourself is an important part of a health and wellness practice. Today our topic asks the question What Are The Benefits of Writing In A Self Care Journal? We believe so for a few reasons.
We have been using a journal for many years and began to notice how it helped to improve our mindset about how we were taking care of ourselves. Check out today’s topic and be sure to share your ideas and comments below. And get in touch with us to let us know how we can help you.
Do you journal as a part of your health and wellness practice? One of the top coaching recommendations for practicing self-care on a routine basis is to start a journal
This was so helpful, easy to do, and doesn’t cost a lot of money. It is convenient and can be brought with you everywhere, so even in the middle of a busy workday, you can grab the journal and write in it for a few minutes.
You Can Express Yourself in a Healthy Way
First of all, when you are dealing with a lot of stress, it can make it hard to focus on anything. However, you may not want to express yourself in a frustrated or angry way, especially with your friends and loved ones.
In order to practice self-care with journaling but also express yourself, you must have a journal that is kept private and confidential. Whenever you need to unload your thoughts or feelings, you can do it with the journal.
When my mother died was when I began my practice of using a journal. This was a good way to deal with my grief and sadness. At that time, I decided I was going to use a pen and paper journal to write my daily thoughts and feelings for one year. That is exactly what I did. Writing helped me move through so many feelings that might have taken a long time otherwise.
It Helps you to Find the Root of Your Issues
Also, consider what is causing you stress or anxiety. Do you know why you have so much emotional stress? Are you sure you know the reason behind your frequent panic attacks? If you don’t, a journal can be very helpful.
As you write in the daily entries, include information about your mood and how you’re feeling. When you feel a high amount of stress, frustration, anxiety, or depression, make a note of it. Then you can look back and see if things like caffeine or diet, work, relationships, or other aspects of your life are becoming triggers for you.
Learn About Yourself
Probably the biggest benefit from journaling is what you learn about yourself. When you read back your challenges and accomplishments, you can recognize areas where you need to focus on, and you can take pride in your achievements. You still can do all this without a journal, but most people forget much of what they have done and why they did it.
This was a powerful practice for me to become clear on feelings that were real and those caused by outside influences that I could control like food, drink, exercise or even how the weather made me feel.
Journaling Provides Clarity
In some cases, your stress causes you to constantly think about what is stressing you out, which can be very overwhelming. If you want clarity, journaling is a great option.
While you are writing in your journal, you aren’t thinking about anything else but what you are journaling about. It is a really good way to open yourself up to find clarity with any situation you are dealing with that is causing your stress.
It Helps You Find Your Next Actions
This was the most beneficial thing about writing in a journal for me. Perhaps you are stressed because of a certain life situation or you’re not sure about the direction of your life, or you know you have to make some major changes and just don’t know how to begin. Journaling can help you express yourself and find the next path your life must take.
Finding your clarity and making clear action steps will definitely help you on the way to the beginning of your journaling experience for self-care.
More Than Just Words
Journaling can be done with a notebook and pen. However, by using a computerized version, you can tie in graphics, videos, audio, and other media types. You are limited only by your imagination.
The more of these types of media you incorporate, the better. Besides, it can be a lot of fun to produce a journal in this fashion. You can choose to print out hard copies and store them in a notebook if you’d like.
Let the Format Evolve
At the current time, there is no journaling police that will come and take you away if your format is not correct. There is no correct format. Just start creating, and the format will start to evolve as you develop it. You will notice what works and scrap what doesn’t. Don’t restrict yourself. Just create and then make changes as you progress.
So, we began today asking the question Are There Benefits of Writing In A Self-Care Journal? We believe there are many benefits to using and writing in a self-care journal.
It would be great to hear your thoughts in the comments below. Do you write in a journal? Have you used a journal to improve your self-care?
Share any thoughts on the importance of self-care in the comments below.
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