Updated: Feb 15
Changing your life direction on your own can be extremely hard. Most days it feels like it would be easier to give up, because it is just that: easier.
It’s hard to get out of your comfort zone, but nothing grows there. Journaling will help you with that because it encourages you to open your soul and get all those thoughts out of your head. I found myself needing to do just that when my mum passed away two years ago. Journaling helped me to move forward, and not back into the depths of depression and anxiety that I had lived in for so many years.
Journaling, alongside other daily practices, will reveal your direction and your purpose. When you have a steady vision for the future, it allows you to move forward with confidence and ease- it helps you find out so much about yourself and it’s an amazing stress management tool as well.
If you try to tackle everything at once you’ll quickly burn out, so small daily steps are required. Those daily steps compound into the results you want. Journaling will help you see the daily steps that you’re making. It’s a great way to monitor your own personal progress towards the life you desire. I was looking so desperately to find the right journal for me to monitor my steps and thoughts and feelings, but to no avail.
This is when How Am I Feeling Today? was born, which can be found on Amazon. How Am I Feeling Today? is a year-long, undated journal that is designed to help the writer monitor their thoughts, feelings, actions and anchor down on the positive in life.
Journaling helps to control symptoms and improves mood, by helping the writer to prioritize problems, fears and concerns. It enables you to recognise triggers and how they affect your actions. There is conclusive evidence that journaling helps people identify and accept their thoughts, feelings and behaviours. It eases symptoms of poor mental, physical and emotional wellbeing. Journaling evokes mindfulness and helps the writer remain present, whilst keeping perspective.
I once heard a saying: ‘it’s better to have a shorter pencil, than a longer memory’. It’s so very true, because writing your thoughts down helps you to be mindful of what you’re focusing on, which enables you to change direction, should you need to.
If the recovery you seek is for the death of a loved one, one of the most traumatic and heart-breaking events of all, journaling can help with that too. Writing can give you a chance to process your enormous loss and reduce the most severe symptoms of grief.
There is so much evidence available proving that journaling helps with so many mental and physical illnesses. So why don’t we journal? Personally, I believe it’s because we’re too busy to look after our inner selves, and because we don’t understand how to journal properly. Most people think it’s about keeping a diary, but it’s much more than that. It’s about getting those thoughts out your head. While journaling is no substitute for professional guidance, it does help you identify your patterns.