Okay – what the heck is all the buzz with journaling?
Okay, first off, as humans, we want to know whats in it for us? Why should we take time away from our day to journal? Great question, sassy one, I hope I can justify this for you (and maybe you can thank me later). Here are the top six reasons I have found journaling to be so essential in my journey (and I hope you connect with them too!)
1. The Obvious: Check Your Stress-O-Meter at the Door Sister
Wow, do we always have to feel like a bundle of stress? Nope! Here is why…a. we are always in control of how we react and b. we can vent, rip up, cry on, and just about anything to our journals – yup. that’s right…act like total crazies and guess what? Our journal will NOT judge us. So our journals are the perfect place to let go, be 100 percent ourselves, and never feel weird about it. I don’t know about you but that just made me chill out…like a lot. Journaling equals lower stress levels! This is the big picture so lets move on and dig a little deeper…
2. The Not-So-Obvious …
We just have so much going through our brains right? I mean think about it, in one second our brain takes in about 11 million “things”. Girl whaaat. Yup, eleven-million! Granted, we do not remember or retain most of this information, but what if we were able to remember and retain a bit more than usual? We could accomplish so much more in a day. In-fact, surprise (or maybe not lol), journaling helps improve our memory! Physically writing something helps our brain remember better. The brain kind-of works like any other muscle in your body in regards to muscle memory. The more you complete a movement the better the muscle remembers the motion; the more you write down the more your brain remembers.
3. Less Moody, More Beauty
Less moody, more beauty – what the heck are you talking about Sam?! Okay…lets break it down 1. less moody: journaling reduces mood swings & 2. more beauty: increases mental beauty – less moodiness leaves more room for beautiful thoughts. Maybe thoughts about how we look (yes, girl, check yourself out, give yourself a compliment!), or how we can creatively vamp up our daily routine. It’s truly up to you…how do you want to use this new positive space in your noggin? (this would be fun to share in our facebook group)
Speaking of reducing mood swings -check out our blog on how to channel your energy during different phases of your menstrual cycle! It’s mind blowing – Just Girl Things
Strengthening Emotional Functions – Whoa. Yep, I said it, strengthening. emotional. functions. We are in control now – so watch out world! Lol, just kidding, I wish it were that easy! Control on our emotions is literally a life’s journey. It takes daily practice and patience. But thankfully, our new friend, journaling, has our back! Journaling can keep us on track by allowing us to vent, reminisce, or laugh about everything – and I mean e-v-e-r-y thing. Being able to identify and accept our emotions is the first step to finding control. This control can help us react to events that happen to us no matter what we think about them – even if we think they are unfair, just plain rude, or maybe super exciting!
Do not get upset with people or situations, both are powerless without your reaction.Buddha Teachings
5. Being in the “Now”
Caution – Brain Dumping Zone!!
Brain Dump: is a complete transfer of accessible knowledge about a particular subject from your brain to some other storage medium, such as paper
Literally one of my favorite words – brain dumping! Now that we know what it is, how the heck can it help us? Well, my sassy girl, brain dumping can help us get rid of all those thoughts rushing through our brain at one million miles a minute (I know you know this feeling!!). Getting rid of all this traffic will help us be more here, in the now, and not stressing about literally every other force of energy in the world. If you strengthen your ability to be in the “now” you’d be shocked what it could do for you, and, honestly, you might event be a little mad at yourself for not practicing this sooner! Seriously, the amount of things you can get done in a day is incredible. When you journal – you simply brain dump and you leave it there – so DON’T even think about re-thinking those things you just got rid of girlfriend!
6. Who’s The Boss? You The Boss – #GirlBoss
Try to write what you feel that you are in control of. I know, for starters, when I wake up in the morning I can be in control of one thing…making my bed. Okay, this may sound so silly, BUT each morning, I know this is something I did right. I accomplished and totally took control over the very first thing I did today. So, literally, the rest of my day can be completely tragic, but I made my bed, so high-five baby! What does this have to do with journaling? Well, you can write about all the areas of your life that you feel in control of, then identify what you feel is out of your control. After you write what you feel out of control of…let that shit go sis. Do it for you and do it for those you love and care for! Because once you master what you’re good at and what you’re in-control of, watch out because this Sassy Girl is about to take over! Remember – you’re a #girlboss
Okay Sweet, So How the Heck Do I Get Started Though?
Well the good news is you don’t need anything fancy! (woohoo) Just grab a notebook – one with a pink sparkly cover, a leather bound “i’m cool” vibe or maybe just a classic composition book, literally whatever works – and a pen and get to it lady!
Do not, and I repeat DO NOT make yourself feel like this is a chore – this is single-handedly NOT what you’re supposed to feel. This is supposed to make you feel better not weighed down. So if you think you can write an entry every damn day have at it, if you’re like yeahh…once a week is probably good, or heck, whenever you remember to pick up your journal, is totally okay too! Just simply start!
Bonus!! Here Are Some Fun Prompts:
- What does your ideal day look like?
- Every time a negative thought pops up in your mind about yourself – write it down – do this for a week. Notice and reflect on how you can treat yourself better!
- Who would you love to meet? What would you ask?
- What practical skills do you wish you had?
- Pretend money is no object. What would you do?
- How do you want to be remembered in life?
- Something I thought a lot about as a child…
- If I received $1,000,000 and HAD to spend it on myself, I would…
- The thing I’m most afraid of telling people is…
- What did I do today that brought me closer to my dream?
- Someone I need to forgive is
- What is your personal mission statement
Hoping this helps you dig deep and allows your true self to shine through and conquer! I would love to hear from you all! In the comments share your favorite way to journal, if this helped you, or if you want to hear more about journaling. And check out our Facebook group to hear more!