Some people don’t like journaling. It takes time, effort, and the willingness to bring our deepest thoughts into the world.
It can be scary.
But I’ll encourage you to try it.
It helps us stay present.
It slows down our minds.
It gives us an opportunity to reflect.
“Therapy” can be a variety of things. Writing has been the best therapy for me.
It may not end up being your jam but giving it a chance might open up your mind to a new way of thinking and help you through the stresses and worries of life.
If you’re open to it, here’s what I do. Borrow what you like, change what you don’t.
I journal prior to bed for 5-10 minutes and ask myself 4 questions.
What am I grateful for today and Why?
What was the biggest lesson I learned today?
What thoughts/anxieties/stress can I “let go” of from my mind?
What 1 big task do I need to accomplish tomorrow and when (what time) will I complete it?
Using this format helps me get thoughts out of my head and onto paper prior to bed. I feel better and fall asleep much easier.
Journaling is one of many formats to engage your thoughts and recognize life as it’s happening.
If you’re willing to try it you might find it as valuable as I do.