Would you like a simple and proven way to reduce your stress and anxiety?
Then welcome to the world of journaling.
“Writing in a journal reminds you of your goals and of your learning in life. It offers a place where you can hold a deliberate, thoughtful conversation with yourself.” — Robin S. Sharma
Keeping a daily journal can not only help you identify the ‘pain points’ in your life, it can also help you to find ways to resolve them.
Before I give you some guideposts to starting a journal, let’s first look at…
What Exactly Is Journaling?
For most people, journaling involves spending a few minutes in the morning and a few minutes at night jotting down their thoughts.
It’s a way to dive into your emotional and mental states, and uncover things that may be holding you back.
On top of this, journaling can help you to discover answers to your issues, and put you firmly on track for a balanced, healthy and fulfilling life.
Journaling is actually nothing new; people have been doing it for hundreds of years (think Samuel Pepys, Henry David Thoreau and Virginia Woolf). And, its popularity is for good reason.
Check out some of the benefits that journal keepers have found:
• Reduced stress
• Management of anxiety
• Power over depression
• Help in prioritizing and overcoming problems and fears
• The ability to track issues day-to-day, enabling triggers to be recognized
• Opportunities for positive self-talk
For example, your journal (or diary) could help you control your diet.
Let’s say you wanted to cut back on the amount of junk food you’re eating. The first step would be to write down how much junk food you ate every day. After a week or two, you could analyze just how much junk food you’ve been eating (you might be shocked by the amount of calories and fat you’re consuming from these products). If you then decide you want to cut back on junk food, then you would write down how much you want to reduce your intake by, and then keep a daily track of your efforts