When our lives are extremely busy with work, relationships, social engagements and caring for loved ones and pets, it’s easy to get stressed out or overwhelmed by having to meet so many needs at once. In the midst of these activities, our minds become cluttered by passing thoughts, which can have a dramatic effect on our moods. Sometimes we all need a little privacy where we can just be alone with our thoughts. It’s helpful to reflect, heal and grow by writing our thoughts and feelings down in a journal.
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Below, I Provide four tips on how to release from your inner thoughts and discover the power behind journaling:
1. Choose A Journal Cover That Inspires You
Choose a cover that appeals to your personal taste and will serve as an invitation to open up your journal and write to your heart’s content.There are so many styles to choose from and all journals come in different sizes and color schemes. The cover is the first thing you will see when you sit down to write, so choose what you like best.
You can buy a journal from any bookstore, but most bookstores have a wide selection to choose from, such as hardback or leather bound journals. The price can range from $10.00 to $30.00, but the more decorative the journal, the more expensive it will be. I personally like covers that pop and speak to my personality, which is outgoing and a bit sassy.
I own a journal with a multi-colored cover. The inside pages are trimmed in pink and there is a quote on the front that serves as my inspiration to write.
2. Be Creative With Your Reflections
Journaling is a powerful release that allows us to put down on paper anything we feel is holding us back from enjoying life to the fullest or to just let our creative side loose. When negative thoughts are bombarding our minds, writing about those thoughts that are making us feel sad, angry or even depressed is often helpful.
When we can visually see our words written down, we are better able to make the necessary connections between our thoughts and feelings. This will aid the healing process and help guide us in our decisions should we choose to seek professional help or share with a family member or trusted friend.
When good things are happening in my life, I record my thoughts and feelings about those things, especially social events involving my closest friends. Writing about good things allows you to experience a positive shift in both energy and mood. I find I am most creative when I have more positive things to write about.
One way to experiment with your creativity is to create a list of goals or resolutions. Write about things you want to accomplish, areas you want to improve in or healthy activities you want to establish into your daily life, such as yoga, meditation or fitness. Each New Year, I make a list of goals and areas I want to see growth in for that year. I review these goals each day to help keep me accountable of what I am working towards.
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3. Start A Gratitude Journal
In addition to my main journal, I also have a separate gratitude journal I write in daily. In this journal, I choose a few things I am grateful for on that day to record in a list. By thinking of good things, I am reminded of how much I am blessed with, while being able to positively reflect on the things that make me happy and bring me peace within.
Start out by thinking of one thing you are grateful for and write it down in your journal. Continue to do this every day and your list will grow from one thing or feeling to several. Currently, I write down three things I am grateful for everyday. By doing this, my focus is on what I have in life, instead of what I lack.
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4. Be Consistent
Once you have started journaling, it is necessary to select both a time frame and set amount of time you want to spend to maximize the quality. For example, I usually journal right after I get up in the mornings because my mind is active and sharper at that time. If I am unable to write, then I journal in the afternoon.
I will write undisturbed for about 15 minutes, filling up 1-2 pages. I find that I need to journal everyday because, as a writer, I am better connected mentally and my days feel incomplete when I don’t record how I’m feeling and what I’m thinking about that day. When I’m distracted, my writing doesn’t flow and it’s harder to make sense of my thoughts.
Choose a time you are not busy and can write quietly without any distractions. Turn off all devices such as television, computers and silence your cell phone. Maybe you only write half a page, instead of whole pages. If mornings don’t suffice, then a journal entry before bed may help you unwind and reflect on the entire day. Whatever you put together, always remember you can add on to or take away from the schedule at any given time.
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Now It’s Your Turn
Journaling has been my go-to for many years because it is my silent release, helping me to deal with painful events and issues in my life, but allowing me to celebrate the good times as well. If you suffer from depression or battle anxiety, then I suggest adding this quiet activity to your daily ritual because by doing so, you will find peace of mind and comfort. Leave a comment and let me know how it goes. would love to hear from you!
Marie Williams is a certified tennis teaching professional and the former Online Editor for Black Tennis Magazine. She holds a Master of Journalism degree from the University of North Texas. In her spare time, Marie enjoys hatha and vinyasa yoga, pilates, nature walks, reading and journaling. You can follow her on Instagram and Facebook.
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