We are highly complicated beings, with tons of things on our minds, all the emotions and the thoughts, and the constant need to get things done.
We also all have a lot of mental chatter on our minds, which often feels confusing and reduces our cognitive ability.
This mental chatter causes a mismatch in communication with our own selves and makes us feel away from our authentic selves.
Since a lot of things are on our minds most of the times, we can use the power of writing to deeply process thorough our thoughts and emotions to reconnect with ourselves. Truly understanding and connecting with our own authentic selves is how we can offer our best to the rest of the world.
How does Journaling help us?
- It helps to put all our thoughts into perspective, when we write all that we feel in a flow, it helps us process the information better as we try to put our thoughts into words.
- It helps us to process our emotions, when we are in an intense emotional state, our higher-level thinking and reasoning reduces. By journaling, we go through the process of thinking through our feelings, hence we are better able to understand and connect with them.
- It enables us to see a bigger picture, once we have all the incoherent thoughts and emotions written out, we can attempt to understand why we think or feel this way, and maybe acknowledge we need to put in some work and rectify the issues.
- Its therapeutic, we are emotional beings and often want to convey our thoughts and emotions to someone, when people are not available, relating our thoughts to a handy book is a great practice.
- It helps us to see the unseen, we are full of emotions and thoughts and mental ideas and stories about ourselves and others, which are not always true. Writing it out makes us more aware of our thoughts and our underlying behaviors that we were often not aware of.
- It helps us to reconnect with ourselves, Processing through our feelings, thoughts, and our opinions, we start understanding more about ourselves, what are the things we enjoy, what gives us energy, and the activities that makes us feel alive.
- It helps us record emotional events and everyday events in our lives, more often than not, we don’t really remember exactly how we may have felt in the past during a certain event, we have a faint memory of a memory. Our memories are not that solid, when we recall an event, we are playing Chinese whispers with ourselves. Writing emotions and feelings down in a journal acts as a more accurate record of how the life was (in our view) back then, and can offer a journey into our mindset decades ago.
How to journal more effectively?
- Have a dedicated book for journal entry, seeing the book acts as a cue to journal, when we see it, we have an extra incentive to journal.
- Let the writing and the thoughts flow freely.
- Don’t judge yourself on what you write, become an observer of your thoughts and your mind.
- Set yourself up for success, have the book and the pen ready, choose a relatively silent corner, play some Hans Zimmer music if you like some music without lyrics.
- Most importantly, pick a time and just start writing, you will find yourself writing and expressing more than you could expect.
- Make it fun/interactive, add some drawings, doodles.
- Make your own rules, the best thing about a journal is that its yours, and you don’t have to show it to anyone. So, write upside down, from the back, full of doodles, or anything else you like.
I have found journaling to be an extremely effective tool to process through and release my emotions. Whenever I feel overwhelmed and have a lot on my mind, writing it out often gives me the much-needed peace, it feels like a meditative experience.
Do you journal? How has maintaining a journal served you? What tips do you have for someone who would like to journal too?
Use this extremely effective tool of writing out your thoughts and emotions on a piece of paper for more peace of mind. It enables you to reconnect with yourself and be more conscious and aware of your intentions and experiences.
A Student of life.
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