In this simple steps blog this is the second part of my series on journaling (read part one here).
In our busy lives it can be so easy to rush from one thing to the next or the other, and never actually take time to sit and reflect, take stock of what's going on with our thoughts and emotions. Keeping a diary or journaling about your day is a really good way to just give yourself that space and let it come out.
In my coaching sessions with people, ultimately this dialogue is about being out to explore a bit further about what's going on. But equally an easy and simple quick way to just getting started with that is to dedicate some time to journaling.
So I talked about three reasons, three benefits to your holistic well-being in the first part, and this part I'm just going to cover three ways to get started.
Firstly choose a time of day and commit to that.
So if it's in the morning or in the evening just before going to bed, whatever works for you, make sure you commit to doing it. Maybe for whatever reason you're busy with the children or whatever it is, that they're not good times.
But choose a time of day that you can commit to just spending a bit of time writing.
Secondly choose a topic.
This can vary each day or it can just be whatever's on your mind. But some people like to write about what's been good that day, what's been bad about that day.
Some people very specifically focus on gratitude (I've done other videos on the benefits of being grateful and tapping into that each day check those out on my youtube).
Maybe it's what progress you've made towards your goals, whatever it is - pick a topic.
And then lastly and really importantly don't edit yourself.
If you find yourself thinking 'oh I can't write that' or 'I shouldn't think that'
Just let it flow, the more the thoughts just flow out of you, then the more you're tapping into your subconscious and the underlying thoughts and beliefs. Rather than perhaps just this surface level which is more of the thoughts that tend to keep whirring round, you can get a bit deeper than that.
So if that’s something that resonates with you, if you just need a bit of time out to process journaling is a really good way to do.
Pick a time a day, be dedicated to it, pick something to write about or just see what comes up and don't edit yourself, let it just flow.
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