Ok now I know what you are thinking – do I really need to add another thing to the list of things I need to do in my already busy day…but let me tell you – there are so many reasons as to why journaling is helpful, especially for women.
When I started journaling it felt so overwhelming and I wasn’t sure what the benefits would be. I don’t know about you, but I like to know how something is going to impact me in order to do them.
People kept telling me that it was important but I was not good at being consistent with things in my schedule and I was actually a little afraid to actually put some of my feelings out there. Around the same time I was going to start journaling I actually was gifted this beautiful gem encrusted journal by my now best friend Julie-Anne (I had just met her) for my 30th birthday – she didn’t even come to the party but sent a gift lol. It was about the size of a cue card which didn’t seem too overwhelming so what I started doing was committing to write in what happened each day at the end of the day. I told myself I would do it everyday for 30 days – no matter how tired I was at the end of the day I would do it and then I would see how I felt after that.
Well, I started off in bullet points – this happened, that happened and then as I started writing through the month, it became easier to actually write out how I was feeling and not just making an account for what happened in my days. I started noticing that I felt lighter – like burdens were lifted, that I was able to process my feelings quicker and I felt happier. And, what do you know…on day 30, I legit finished writing in this little book.
I knew at that point I was time to get a big girl journal so I went to the store that next day and I bought a pretty journal and really nice pen. I would spend hours journaling – so much so that my hands would cramp but it was soooooo healing. It was the safe space that was just me, my pen and paper where I could get out all the things that happened that hurt – all the abuse from my ex husband, all the hurtful things he said and did, but once a lot of that was processed out, I could then start dreaming and my journals transitioned into a totally different vibe. I journaled everyday for 2 years. And Every time that I go through a hard time, or when I get stressed, I pick a journal back up and I start journaling things out. It truly helps me clear my head and regain strength and composure to tackle what’s ahead of me.
Here are some quick tips to get you started journaling:
- Get yourself a pretty journal and nice pen (I don’t know why it helps, it just does lol)
- Find a spot that you feel safe or relaxed (for me it was in my bed) with a candle lit
- Start by writing out your daily activities for the day
- If your feeling up for it, write 1 thing you are grateful for as well
- You can start small – it literally can be point form notes
- Work up to flushing out your feelings on paper, writing out your new ideas, your hopes and dreams for the future, etc.
- Take it day by day and be mindful of how journaling makes you feel.
And, lastly, enjoy! This shouldn’t be a stressful exercise. I’d love to hear from you on how journaling impacts you. Also, if your interested in a copy of my body love fitness journal – send me an email at Info@fitnessbysarahtaylor.com and I’ll send it to you for FREE.
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