Do you ever feel a bit confused with your thoughts and your feelings?

Would you like an effective way to help deal with stress?

Journaling is probably the BEST tool I have discovered over the years that I wish I had known about as a teenager.

 

There are so many reasons why journaling is my No.1 tool, and here are a few of my favourites:

Clear your mind

Do you ever have so many thoughts circling around in your head that you just feel confused or overwhelmed? Writing out all of these thoughts can help sort out what is important and what you can let go of. It is also a great way to solve problems or get more clarity around something that happened during the day.

Relieve Stress

Writing about stressful situations can help release them from your mind and reduce the intensity of the feelings. It may also give you more understanding around why you are feeling stressed and what you can do about it moving forwards.

Build self-esteem

Writing gratitude lists, positive affirmations, listing your strengths, and recording positive experiences are great ways to build self-esteem and are handy reminders to re-read when you are feeling down.

Process feelings

Do you ever feel like you are on an emotional rollercoaster? Noticing and recording your feelings throughout the day is a great way to get to know your emotional patterns and gain some understanding around what you are feeling and why you are feeling it. I also find journaling useful to help work out how I will communicate my feelings to others (something I still find difficult!

Get creative!

Draw pictures, write poems, record your dreams, set some goals, colour-in, use stickers and glitter and photos! Have fun with your journaling to help make it a positive experience that you will want to do every day!

WARNING: Journaling can be addictive.

I love the way I can write anything and everything and my journal will always listen and never judge me. Every time I use my journal I learn a little bit more about myself and my inner world. Like anything, it takes a little time to get into the routine of writing, but before you know it, you will also be addicted (p.s. this is not a bad thing!)

Here is a photo of some of my journals from the last year or so……

If you don’t know where to start with journaling then there are many journals with prompts, for example they will ask you to answer a question, make a list, write down goals or give you a task for the day. There are SO many great journals to choose from that I can’t wait to fill one up so I can get a new one!

Let me know how you go with journaling. Tell me if you find an awesome brand I should try.

I would love to hear what are your favourite things to journal about?

Happy journaling!

Lots of love,

Alisha Jane xxx

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