If theres anything lockdown has shown us, it’s that humans are acutely emotional creatures. One week I was doing yoga, gardening, zoom calls, meditation, the next I was crying because my succulent died and I managed to use my 5 free Uber Eats delivery codes in 3 days *cue Brigit ones montage. If this sounds anything like you (I hope I’m not the only one) I’m writing this to empower us all that we can start to manage our emotions before they manage us.
Upon taking a step back I asked - Why do we always treat the symptoms not the cause? Naturally because symptoms are diagnosable. I know very well when I want to eat a whole packet of chocolate M&Ms, yet I don't know how to deal with the feelings coursing through the pit of my stomach.
Let’s all start becoming the doctors of our own emotions.
A lot of questions so I think it’s about time in here to give you some answers...
As well as the incredible benefits of journaling such as improving immune functions, sharpening memory, boosting your mood and strengthening emotional function, something still doesn't convince me enough, why?
Because I think of an already cluttered day, now adding 3 pages of why I feel bloated from stress eating doesn’t sound like the Un-wind I thought journalling would give me. That’s why I want to give you prompts not reasons to do it, starting now on this page should unlock the why.
Here’s a few for all us cynics:
What do you spent most of your time thinking about?
If your thoughts were grouped and represented on a pie chart, what types of thoughts would be taking up the most space?
What surprised you about how you felt over the last couple of months?
Did your emotions catch you off guard? Did changing circumstances trigger something in you? What was unexpected about your response to the Coronavirus?
What brought you comfort?
In your darkest moments what were the things that made you feel secure? The communication you received from your work? Your home? The relationship you had with family and friends?
Remember this is not a job interview or an interrogation, your mum wont look at this like your 12 year old ‘dear diary’ entry of how harry looked at you across the classroom. Journalling is personal and makes you personable, write with the conviction that you are empowering yourself with how you feel.
Still not convinced...?
Okay let’s get a little deeper. You’re starting to figure out why journalling is in fact, pretty damn good. But you’ve already got 2 jobs, need to go to the gym and have a social life? I can’t relate on the end part, but I’ll help out. Habits are all about latching, as human beings we have a tendency to go all in, then all out. Start by writing one line, answering one question, adding it onto what you enjoy and a habit already ingrained into your routine.
“The key is not to spending time, but investing it” You’ve now done a few week if journalling, now you get to the real insight, What are your pain/pleasure points? What’s changed since you started this process? Have you been surprised by what you found? Now we’re getting into the juicy bit of journalling.