To round out #SelfCareSeptember, I wanted to share one more method I use to check in with myself, journaling. Journaling works wonders for me because I spend a lot of time in my head and writing my thoughts down lets me connect the dots of feelings and ideas.
The best part about journaling is you can approach it in many different ways. Maybe you need to keep track of your emotions over a certain period, or perhaps you need to write down your goals to stay accountable. I journal in several ways, but these 3 methods are the ones I use most.
This might sound weird to my fellow saints, but sometimes, I feel a little weird saying my prayers out loud. I don't think I articulate myself as well in speech, so I prefer to write my prayer requests down.
This kind of journaling feels almost like writing a diary because this is where all my feelings spill out in a way that's incredibly cathartic.
I pray over my goals, ask for guidance concerning new ventures, and ask for help with the tough stuff. I don't care who you pray to or what you pray about, but I think prayer journaling is a great way to start or finish your day.
Scripting is a super fun journaling style because it lets you create your own future. Think of it like an adult version of M.A.S.H. Basically, you pick a date in the future, maybe 5 or 10 years from now, and write about your day.
You can write about how your day went at your dream job, what you’re doing with your partner and kids, or how you spent your time on your luxurious vacation. It's totally up to you.
The bottom line is, scripting is a form of manifesting so you have to write it like it's happening and believe every word even if it sounds outlandish. After all, if you don't believe in your future who will?
This is one of the most common forms of journaling and it's helped me greatly over the past year.
Gratitude journaling is exactly what it sounds like. You're writing down the things you're thankful for in that day, week, or month. The goal of this type of journaling is to give thanks for the good that's been so you can receive the good that's coming.
My therapist suggested gratitude journaling as a part of my Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. It's helped to change my perspective on my life and helps me keep track of all the wonderful things that are happening for me instead of focusing on the negative. If you could use a little help finding the silver lining, this method might be best for you.
As I said before, these are only a few ways you can make journaling work for you. The main goal here is to develop a consistent practice of monitoring your emotions. So, find yourself a nice journal, a pen, and a quiet space and get to writing!
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