For the last week, I've been walking around with a tight knot in my chest. It tightens with every news article (and text message) and loosens with every self-care action I choose to do. It has been this balancing act. As though I'm on a tightrope.
Will I fall into the abyss of anxiety, or make it to the other side?
And yet, thank GOODNESS I have my journal. It's been one of the mainstays during this rocky time, and it has done its part to relieve stress and remind me that life is still a gorgeous canvas, even in difficult times.
Here's why you should be using a simple notebook to ease uncertainty. And then, check out The Complete Guide to Start a Journal for more info!
Release your Emotions
First, journaling is a fantastic way to alleviate stress and the rollercoaster of emotions we're facing these days. Digging deep and exploring why you feel angry or depressed is a therapeutic exercise to help you release those toxic emotions. It's much better to release them onto a page than unloading them on another person.
Appreciate the Certainty
Yesterday, as I was panicking, I got my notebook out to jot down a few things I'm grateful for. What I realized was that the husband by my side, and the three sleeping beauties down the hall are all I REALLY need. Yes, the world feels crazy and out of control. But inside my own home, we are healthy and safe. And that is enough.
Am I the only one with a scattered brain with all this chaos? Distractions abound! A journal is a great place to clear your head and get your priorities in order. What are the most impactful things you need to do today?
My journal helped me realize that I'm letting my text messages (and therefore the opinions of others) have too much control over me during all of this madness. It took writing to see that I needed to make changes in my day to feel less distracted, and therefore less panicky. It's difficult to have great awareness if you don't take the time to sort through what's working. And what's not.
Now is a fantastic opportunity to give journaling a try!
So, set a routine and commit to writing in it a few minutes every day. You'll be surprised at how much you learn about yourself as well as your environment. Plus, you'll begin to let go of the bad and pick up on the good. It's a win-win!
Couldn't we all use a few stress-relieving strategies right now?!