I love journaling, it has made a huge difference to me, especially how I think and how I feel. This article will give you some ideas of how you can use journaling to support yourself.
What do you do when you feel stuck or worried?
In an ideal world you will have a coach who can talk you through what is going on and open up the choices available to you.
You can also journal.
Journaling gets things out of your head.
Have you noticed that when you are worried about something, it goes round and round in your head and can feel like it is getting bigger and bigger?
That is why it is so important to get things out of our head.
Otherwise, we can lose perspective on things.
I find that I am far more rational when I write things down than when I think them.
I start with –
What’s going on, then list what my options are and then I move to the support available to me. When you direct yourself to these types of questions, it is amazing the answers you find for yourself.
If things are particularly challenging, I might also ask what the worst thing that could happen is and how I would deal with that.
This question creates some feeling of certainty that if the worst did happen, I would be able to deal with it.
There are so many ways you can use journaling to support you.
Journaling on a challenge or when you feel stuck engages your most resourceful self.
I am a great believer that asking good quality questions will provide good quality responses.
These questions move you out of a state of reaction and into a state of creation.
Another way you can use journaling is to help improve your sleep.
Sleep is such an important part of our health. Lack of sleep impacts us mentally and physically and journaling can definitely support you with a better night sleep.
Are you often lying awake with things on your mind, restless and desperate to get back to sleep?
Having a journal by your bed is a great idea.
There are studies that show journaling before bed can improve the length and quality of your sleep.
Journaling all the positive things that have happened that day lifts your spirits; makes you feel good and calm which supports a good night’s sleep.
If you are someone who has trouble falling asleep because your mind goes into overdrive, then journaling everything that is on your mind and getting things out of your head before trying to go to sleep is proven to help you drift off quicker.
If your journal is by your bed and you wake up with something on your mind, you can take care of things by writing it in your journal knowing you can do something about it tomorrow.
These little things take just a couple of minutes and make a big difference.
Another way journaling can be useful is to see how far you have come over a period of time.
If we are not paying attention to our progress, we might not notice it, let alone celebrate it.
One of the things I encourage my clients to do is journal their successes every day.
It makes you feel good in the moment and it keeps you focused on progress not perfection.
One thing I love about keeping a journal is the ability to look through my feelings, challenges and successes from the past.
This allows me to see:
👍 How far I have come
👍 What is still present for me
👍 Some of the amazing experiences I may have forgotten about
I have been looking over my journal for January last year and the things I was doing to get my business up and running.
I was messaging lots of contacts on LinkedIn and asking for time to pick their brains. I was amazed when so many of them came back and said yes.
I felt uncomfortable doing it because I hadn’t spoken to them for so long.
It is a great reminder that when you ask for support, the majority of people will want to support you.
It is so easy to forget these things.
We keep photos as memories, journaling holds so much more.
If you are new to journaling, you may have some questions:
💡 What is the right way to do it?
💡 What do I need to write?
💡 What should I write it in?
💡 I am not really a writer.
💡 Do I have to do it every day?
When it comes to journaling, you can do whatever you want. Whatever supports you in that moment.
I have shared in this article some of the ways that I use journaling myself and encourage my clients to journal, there is no right or wrong.
We don’t have to be perfect!
You don’t even have to write, you could doodle, draw or stick images in your journal. It is about getting things out of your head.
What I do know is, it can be a simple yet powerful tool for clearing your head, being more rational, getting more sleep, capturing and storing magical moments and feelings and learning about yourself.
If you haven’t journaled before, do you feel like giving it a go now?