JOURNALLING – TO HELP WITH YOUR LIFE
Keeping a journal has many positive health benefits. By regularly recording your thoughts it can help with your personal growth and development.
I started journalling 3 years ago but I had heard of it and first tried on my holistic training course 17 years ago! At the time I struggled to do anything with it….. I didn’t know what to write about or what to add. I was worried about it being like a diary. I was ‘thinking’ about it too much. In the end I gave up!
Then 3 years ago I met a lovely therapist Jo Turner who was developing her interest in mindfulness and zen doodling. Part of her new business www.joodlesmindfulness.co.uk was running workshops in her home in the practice of calm and part of that was journalling.
This has made such a difference! This new way of journalling is also with the use of different media and I have developed more creativity. In this I not only use writing but drawing, painting, photos and other materials – fabric, stickers, toppers all to record my feelings, emotions, reflections, rants, questions, conversations and also daily gratitude’s – what I am grateful for that day. This can also help with a busy mind…..sometimes writing things out can help with something that is puzzling or unclear. it can settle things in your mind.
I now run 2 journals – one personal and one for business. My personal has become very visual as I learn to be more creative and more free flowing and not so regimented, but I can see my development in both as one interacts with the other.
I am still trying to make this become a regular daily habit in the morning but I do easily get distracted! so this is either done in the evening or as a catch up on the weekend.
If you look on Pinterest or Facebook there are some beautiful and interesting examples of journalling to check it out. It has become a big help to me and a bit of an addiction. I was bad before for stationery but now I buy lots of pens, paints, stickers etc and my excuse is for my journalling.
Do check it out and give it a try, see what it can do for you in your daily life and development.