SELF CARE SERIES: JOURNALING
Self-care is definitely a phrase that I have heard a lot more in recent years. Self-care is the phrase used to focus inward and take care of yourself. I love that self-care is a movement that forces us to recognize that we are human and we need to take care of ourselves. Emotionally, I have been exhausted in regards to where we are as a society and nation and sometimes I forget that I can't carry all the problems on my shoulders.
Because of all this, I've been wanting to get a self-care routine in place to keep me sane with all the things that are happening in the world. To capture my self-care journey, I am doing a series on different self-care practices that I have been wanting to try and reviewing how well they work for me. The first of the series will be my new habit of journaling.
Why You Should Try Journaling
I was always the person who would buy journals but never kept up the habit of writing in them every day. I have so many journals, from childhood until now, that I never got past page 5. Another thing that would all bum me out about journaling is the fact that I don't think that I am a good writer. As if writing down your thoughts requires the perfect literacy attention. I think what is so different for me, this time, is I that I am intentional about my journaling. Every night I have a set time to journal before I get into bed. Honestly, I'm at the point where I won't be able to go to sleep until I journal.
When I started journaling, it started out as just writing the good things that happened that day. Of course, this is fine because there is no right or wrong way to journal. It now, however, has morphed into another way to get my feelings and thoughts out about what happened that day. This is very cathartic if you've had a day on the extremes (good or bad)!
Things to Remember
The thing that is hard at first is remembering to journal at the end of the day. When I first started, I would forget to write in my journal, which would lead me to have a hard time remembering what I wanted to write down for that day. I've now been doing it for 3 months and it feels weird when I go to bed without wiring anything down.
Another thing is sometimes I don't have much to write for the day. In those instances, you shouldn't force something that isn't there. Just write what you feel and move on.
You should definitely try journaling if you're like me and carry the world on your shoulders. Writing down my thoughts really helps me clear my head and rest a little more peacefully.
Have you tried journaling? If not, why haven't you tried it? If you do, it is helpful for you?