Journal Your Days for Stress Relief
By Brandi Goodman
If you haven't already started, now's a great time to start journaling. You can keep track of your thoughts during this unusual time. You can jot about the activities that are keeping you sane. Don't just write a status here and there on social media. Actually taking the time to get out a journal and use a writing utensil to reflect on how life is right now can be a major stress reliever.
Eliminate Negative Thoughts
You should only keep positive thoughts in your journal. Having to look back at negative ideas can bring those thoughts and feelings back up again. If you do want to write out the bad that's been happening, use the elimination method. Write down what's been going wrong in life or what you're upset about and then tear that page out and throw it away or burn it. Doing so can allow you to feel a sense of relief because you released what was bothering you from your mind.
Look Back at the Positive
Having a journal filled with positive pages can be great to look back at. If you happen to have a particular bad day, reading back through all the good things that have happened to you can boost your spirits. It's a great way to enhance your mood and help you remember what you have to be thankful for in life.
Use It to Problem Solve
Writing down things that are going on in your life can help you to problem solve and find solutions. Perhaps you decide to write about a project you have to accomplish but discuss how other work is getting in your way. You may be able to discover a solution as you're sitting there writing about it. Maybe you'll realize you could set goals for the week so you can get all your work done. Writing these goals down in your journal can help as well. You'd be more likely to stick to them if they're written and not just in your head.
Journaling is a great option for stress relief, especially during these unprecedented times. Get a new journal or pick up any notebook you have in your household and designate a time to write in it each day. You can boost your mood and enhance your mental health by doing so.
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