Going to therapy introduced the need to start a reflective diary and three years on I still love it.
Journaling is a complete blank canvas, there are no rules and you have the freedom to make it whatever you want. The only condition is…it has to benefit you.
I use mine for a range of things. Reflecting on thoughts or behaviours, noting my achievements, marking progress and struggles and jotting down things I need to improve on or reminders for appointments.
It helps me to place order on everything going on and is useful for tracking what is happening now and also learning from events gone by.
Here are a few ways I use my journal that might inspire you to do something similar…
Memories and achievements
I like to remind myself of happy times, positive memories and things I consider achievements when I’m feeling low, so I keep my books up-to-date with as many photos as possible.
Thoughts and emotion tracking
It’s good to track how you’re thinking and feeling and note any patterns that may be significant. If I feel especially upset, frustrated or anxious about something, it can help to write it all down and ‘get it out’ so that I can move on.
I’m a natural worrier so never short of things to stress about. Jotting them down can take away some of their power and how much room they take up in my head. It also makes them easier to reflect on and discuss if I need to.
Therapy sessions fill my head with lots of thoughts and I often feel like my head is full afterwards. Something that helps me with this is writing down any discussion points, progress checks and post-appointments thoughts so I can clearly see what we talked about and what I now have to do during the week ahead.
‘Inner Queen’ journal
I got this separate interactive book at Christmas and it’s fab!
It’s called ‘Inner Queen – No Ordinary Journal’ and it’s all about working towards your highest, most powerful self every day.
It lays it all out for you for to complete step-by-step, detailing your innermost desires, empowering beliefs and the barriers or negative thoughts holding you back. You can then keep a daily record of things like positive affirmations, inspired actions, reasons to be grateful and mood monitors.
I really helps me to learn about what holds me back the most in life, how to find gratitude in the everyday tasks and track any progress I make.
Amongst all of the worry, I still like to take time out and reflect on what I’m grateful for. I write down three positive things that happen each day alongside achievements and gratitude lists so I can remind myself that it’s not all bad!
I also love wise words, affirmations and motivational quotes so print off any I see online that resonate with me.
Is this something you do? Or perhaps could start doing if helpful?
I hope so! Let me know in the comments if you have any thoughts or ideas.