Everyone should learn how to worry less with daily journaling. Discover how simple it is and its benefits for mental health and success.
As you sit down to your morning coffee, you already notice your jaw is clenched. Your shoulders are tense. Worries about the future have gone from background noise to a physical burden you can’t shake. Your heart rate is higher. You’re less patient with loved ones. Each day isn’t a fresh start. Instead, it is marked my compounded anxiety.
Whether it’s financial, relationship, or job-related stress, if we aren’t careful, it can overpower us.
The truth is everybody worries
It’s pretty much impossible not to worry.
We’re concerned not only about the things that happen to those close to us but also in the world.
Even today’s children are worried about issues such as:
- global warming,
- school safety, and
- their futures.
Despite how overwhelming stress can be, it makes no sense to try to eliminate concerns from our existence.
Still, just like we do with stress, fear, and anxiety, we can and should, understand and manage our worries.How to worry less and boost your confidence with journaling. #coaching #mentorship #MindfulPlanning Click To Tweet
How to worry less with journaling
There’s a journal for everything.
This is because YOU get choose how to use yours.
Recently, even though I’m not an artist, I decided to add art journaling to my routine.
Because of my personality, I tend to be very logical. Therefore, as a means of assuring balance, I started drawing and teaching myself watercolor painting.
It’s my way to develop creativity.
But I also have a Stress Management Journal.
I’ve been keeping it for years already.
I use it to record not only the things that are pressuring me, but also my worries, blocks, and struggles.
So, in a way, it can also be considered my Worry Journal.
How to use journaling to minimize worrying
The best and most efficient way to use journals for personal development is by building the habit of using it daily.
Even if it’s just for a couple of sentences, or for five minutes or so, write.
If you have never done it before, you may feel uncomfortable at first.
If that’s the case, commit to at least ONE word every single day.
Yes, just a single word.
But write it down.
It’s a start.
You don’t have to stop there if you’re inspired, but don’t skip it.
In fact, before moving forward reading this post, grab your journal and get it done for today.
Make it personal
Remember you don’t need to share your writing with anyone.
Let all your troubles out.
Only stop when you are done.
Instead of keeping grudges and concerns in your head, put them on paper.
Save your mind for positive and encouraging thoughts.
You deserve it!
Read and reflect
The main difference between journaling for fun and mental health is the reflection step.
We may even look back at our drawings and paintings to compare our progress.
But when it comes to a Worry Journal, for example, the exercise is more intense.
There’s little to no value in observing:
- colors used, and
- finishing touches.
What matters is:
- what happened,
- how we reacted, and
- the results.
Making time to go through past records to review events and feeling is an effective way to grow.
Find your journal
While I mentioned art journals as something separate from a Worry Journal, you can still combine them.
Words aren’t always the best way to express feelings even if you’re an avid writer.
A picture is worth a thousand words.
That’s why you should focus on the content, not the format.
You aren’t doing it for someone else or social media.
Your journal is your means of letting go of worries that are holding you back.
Time is a precious asset. And so are your energy levels and (mental) health.
Learn how to use them wisely.How to start a Worry Journal the easy way. #coaching #mentorship #MindfulPlanning Click To Tweet
Discover how to worry less with daily journaling.
And if you want to create space in your schedule to grow and become a better version of yourself, come to the 52-Week Challenge For A More Productive You.
Work on different productivity blocks one day at a time throughout the year to:
- boost your confidence,
- free time for the things that truly matter, and
- achieve meaningful and fulfilling goals.
I’ll be there for you all along the way!
Before you go
Can you answer the following question in the comments below, please?
Do you journal for mental health?