J Is For Journaling
Sometimes it can be really helpful to write down your experiences in a journal – now by this I do not mean keeping a diary, or simply writing a list of the day’s events. But instead to write down what you observe about yourself; Your feelings, and the emotions you are experiencing.
Right at the beginning of this A-Z challenge I wrote a post about awareness, about how the key to Mindfulness was being aware of what is going on, both around you and within you. It can be really helpful to pay attention to your emotions and feelings too. To just sit with them, and be aware that they are there – and this is where I find journaling the most useful.
It can be a very powerful tool.
You could start your journaling session with a 3 minute check-in as described in yesterday’s post, then when you’re feeling relaxed turn your attention to what emotions you are experiencing. As with anything in Mindfulness, the key is not to feel bad/guilty/wrong about what you’re experiencing, but to just sit with it and say how that manifests itself.
Now is a good time to start writing in your journal – try not to think too hard about what goes on to the paper. Make sure your journal is a private space for you alone, that way you can write in complete honesty, without worrying about how what you have to say would look to the outside world.
I found journaling hard to get into the rhythm of initially, but now I find it a great way of expressing myself and getting ‘negative’ emotions out of my system. I find it really impactful.
If you think journaling might be a helpful tool, you could give this post a share so others can try it too.