As someone who is always looking for ways to find wellness, I thought I’d start a series on different ways to be well. Overtime I’ll share the many ways, which help me to grow and improve. I’m very fickle and always need change, but the one constant in my life is the journey to overcome my anxiety & depression . The first way to wellness is very important to me. It’s the number one thing I stick to that has changed me for the better.
Journaling has been a huge part of my life for about 7 years now. I decided to start when I was home looking through old stuff and found a few. Who knew that writing down what I had for lunch on October 11th, 2002 would be so inspiring lol. The journals were of nothing in particular, but they were a part of me! It was funny, yet emotional, and interesting all at once. I haven’t stopped since! It’s a part of my routine, which I will never give up.
I loved being able to look back at what was going through my mind at a particular moment in time. I liked seeing how I’ve grown, laughing at myself, and having documentation of so many memories. It became a way of helping me to process everything going on in my busy mind, a judgement free zone to share whatever I please, and an insightful way to learn about myself. Not only did this become something fun for me, but also a fulfilling practice that helps me to cope with my biggest struggle: anxiety.
People always say they don’t know how to journal, they aren’t good at writing, they have no time, and that their life isn’t interesting to write about. False.
Journaling is for YOU. You don’t have to share them with anyone, and you don’t even have to reread them yourself. There is no judgement in any way and there is no way to journal wrong. No one made guidelines for how to express yourself, so it’s all about YOU and what makes you happy! Get something to write on (or you can become obsessed with finding/buying/making journals like me) , grab a pen, and write. You could write about literally anything. A memory, something really frustrating, your deepest thoughts, a letter, a list, an event that happened, or that you ate a ton of snacks and started watching Black Mirror…#yasss
For me, journaling helps to reflect on everything in my life. I have become more aware and articulate about how I’m feeling at a given moment. I find I make a ton of realizations and can communicate better when I’ve written about it. It gets everything out on paper so it’s not bouncing around my mind and inducing anxiety. I’ve learnt so much about myself! I am able to process everything, recognize why I do what I do, see what I really want, become aware of my patterns, and so much more. I like having the memories on paper, and it is inspiring to see myself actively growing, changing, and learning.
The benefits are endless, whether that is mentally or creatively speaking. It is now something I HAVE to do. It gives me peace of mind, inspiration, and a ton of clarity.
If you really have no clue where to start, fill out journals are great. I love those too. I hope journaling can become for you what it has for me. What are the ways you practice wellness?