Writing in a journal is a proven tool in reducing stress. I hear you thinking, more writing, I don’t have time, I lose things, and I will never keep track of a journal. Your resistance is valid, but writing or typing information and ideas reduces stress because the thoughts are now on paper or in the computer and not sitting in your mind to be reprocessed over and over.
Those important entries can be forgotten due to the same stress.
The action of writing legibly is calming. The mind, eyes, and hand actions, creates relaxation and a feeling of productivity and closure. These are all good responses for you physically and emotionally. Action always relieves stress and fears, no matter how small the actions. The action means an attempt to go forward and is seen as positive.
Once you have allowed yourself to have embraced journaling next is where to write. You can use a computer, a special bound journal from a bookstore, a loose leaf binder, or whatever is comfortable or handy. I do recommend an 8×11 spiral note book or an inexpensive bookstore journal because this motivates you to write more often and your thoughts are special and purposeful. The computer is always a great place too; just remember to have a special folder for your journal and I know that you will eventually have a journal for different topics like I do.
When you should write is also very important. Writing as a habit just before going to bed will clear your mind and prepare your for sleep. You are letting go of thoughts and ideas. Your mind had better things to do then go over past history. This past history is what adds to your stress.
Writing an idea down when you just think about it adds to your creativity but also removes it for you head so again you do not have to worry about retrieving it later. I carry a small note book with me all the time, and transcribe information later when I get home or close to my computer. You don’t have to be a writer like me to input your thoughts and inspirations. You are a creative person, we all are.
Your smallest thoughts or your most monumental “aha” moments can be written down. There is no wrong way to do this it is the action that is important. The clearing your mind is what is most important.
I have very creative ways to write in my journals. I usually use a computer/ laptop. I will use different fonts, different colors for the text. Sometimes with in the same paragraph I’ll change fonts or colors, depending on my emotions or moods.
You see this adds a bit of fun to your writing and guess what, you are the only one seeing the journal any why so you can even use ‘bad’ language. Express yourself the way you like, this is your way of reducing stress!
If you choose to use pen and paper, try colored ink pens, or even crayons.
I know that once you start this neat habit you will continue. The enjoyment of being stress free and calm is great.
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