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  • Writer's pictureAmanda Chocko, NTP

3 Great Reasons to Start Journaling Today

Updated: Apr 23, 2020

We are collectively living a historic moment. Glued our televisions and news feeds we are witnessing every aspect of our lives being turned inside out, having no idea how its all going to pan out. Our livelihoods, our finances, our social lives, concern about loved ones and fear of the unknown are just a few. Our collective stress is palpable.

Stress in and by itself is highly destructive to our physical and mental health. Finding ways to cope and build resilience is more important than ever. One way to do this is through journaling.

Journaling has always been a great tool in dealing with stress. And now is a great time to start are regular journaling practice. Here is why:

Capturing history- The COVID-19 Pandemic will surely be captured in history books for future generations to contemplate. This is your opportunity to capture this moment in history from your personal perspective. What are the headlines saying? How are they affecting you and your family? How are you adapting and creating ways to make the best of the situation. One day you (and whomever you allow) will get a first hand account of how you and your family coped during these crazy times.

Transferring your stress- Getting your thoughts and fears down on paper will help to clear your head and give you the opportunity to put them all into perspective. Identify what is in your control and come up with a step by step strategy to address it. Identify what is not in your control and put it out of your head. I know that this is hard. Put it off to the side for now. You can deal situations as they unfold. This very empowering and will give you a sense of control.

Finding light in the darkness- Choose 3 to 5 things to be grateful for each day. What are you gaining by being home right now? Time with family, catching up on sleep, getting back in the kitchen, time for projects and hobbies that have been on hold? Reflecting on all of the the good things you presently have in your life is one of the best ways to balance out the fear and uncertainty.

These are just a few examples of journaling techniques. Choose one, all, or make your own. I find the best times to journal are first thing in the morning and right before bed. It is hard to focus and sleep when we have so many thoughts circling in our heads. Get them out on paper, get a decent nights sleep, and conquer the day!

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