The Power Of JournalingJan 30, 2023
"September 21st, 1940 (excerpt)
Have been unable for some days to buy another volume to continue this diary because of the three or 4 stationers’ shops in the immediate neighbourhood, all but one are cordoned off because of the unexploded bombs. Regular features of the time: neatly swept-up piles of glass, litter of stone and splinters of flint, smell of escaping gas, knots of sightseers waiting at the cordons." excerpt from the journal of George Orwell.
One of the most powerful tools I have found in my life is journaling, and it is the number one recommendation for all of my clients, no matter their work, life, or history. And typically, without hesitation, I get the standard response. I'm too old to keep a journal, or that's for teenage girls, or that's not going to help me. And of course, there are many different objections to journaling, but I can assure you that they are all wrong.
The older you get, the more important journaling becomes. As we age, our minds become ever more cluttered with daily life and other random junk—some important and some not. Journaling offers us the assistance of keeping our thoughts organized and, in some cases, getting the thoughts that aren't serving us entirely out of our heads. In my opinion, one of the best things about journaling is that a journal is whatever you need it to be in that moment, at that time in your life. It will never judge you and always offer clarity and self-reflection.
As I said, journaling offers so many benefits, and if there are any negatives, I have never found them in almost two decades of practice. Journaling can help improve your mental health by helping to relax you and relieve stress. It also helps keep your thoughts organized and keep them from spiraling out of control. This can help significantly if you're like me and struggle with anxiety. These are just a few benefits of journaling. However, I assure you there are so many more.
People typically don't believe me when I tell them I keep seven different journals. But they need the big picture. First, I only actively write in three of the seven every day. I write in my bullet journal, bible journal, and defrag journal daily. But the creative journal, goal journal, gratitude journal, and project journal are updated as I need to. Or they are updated as I feel like doing it. That's the power of journaling. It is whatever you need it to be.
I don't want to drone on and bore all of you, so I will leave you with a simple challenge. Next time you are at the store, pick a composition book. They are stupidly cheap at like $0.99. They may be a bit more. I don't know because I buy mine in bulk. Anyway, get your notebook and write for five minutes every day. Write your thoughts, feelings, goals, gratitudes, or whatever you feel like writing. Do this for 30 days without skipping a day, and see how you feel by the end of the month. Just remember to make it yours. Journaling is whatever you need it to be.
Please email me if you have any questions or if I can help you get started in any way. Also, email me after your 30 days and let me know how you have seen your results.
By: S.J. Morris. January 30, 2023
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