This post is a combined take of mine plus my dearest Kaka Bibit’s parenting experiences. Every time we get the chance to chat, sparks fly, not in the way you imagine right now. But, there we were, one journal enthusiast and one passionate mom on the phone. We talked about how journaling can be a powerful tool against being burnt out and overwhelmed in last week’s talk for nearly an hour. We come up with solutions for handling our children. And as a single mom, I can tell you that is the definition of sparks flying in our dictionary. In short, we exactly understand what the other person is going through.
But more importantly, we talk to each other about our lives. That’s our way of dealing with the many demands of motherhood. But some mother’s like to keep their feelings buried deep within. If you find it challenging to be vocal about your problems, there’s a simple solution. Keeping a journal; trust me, it does wonder.
Journaling A Great Help For Mothers
Every mom should keep a journal; it can reduce stress and helps regulate your emotions. Sit down at the end of every day and vent to your trusted pal. It neither has any snide remarks, nor does your journal judge you.
Journaling is, therefore, a safer way of expressing ourselves and releasing thoughts and feelings; if we keep the journal in a safe place, that is. Using notebooks and computers, or phones, people find joy in documenting certain parts of their lives as they journal their experiences and wishes. When done right, it can be a potent tool for healing. Of course, unlike talking to a trusted and wise friend, we may not get answers and comfort immediately but, many who have used journals attest to its soft power. As we write down our feelings and thoughts about our mistakes, failed relationships, and other experiences, we figure out a way forward.
I started journaling since I was in high school; in those days, it was called “Diary.” Journaling is a way to express yourself. Rather than holding everything in, it provides an out to pen down your feelings. Anger, hurt, joy, or excitement, whatever you feel, pick up the pen and let your emotions flow in the form of words.
The following are lasting benefits of Journaling:
⦁ Release thoughts and feelings of anger – just like sharing with someone about experiences and emotions, Journaling allows you to release thoughts and feelings that hurt you. However, Journaling will enable you to go beyond what you would say to other people. You have the freedom to be honest about every detail of what is affecting you. To heal through this process, you will need to let it all out. It lightens the burden.
⦁ Connect with your emotions – as you are Journaling, you get to clearly understand your emotional state, which is a necessary step to finding solutions to your emotional issues. Processing what you’ve been dealing with helps you realize how much emotional damage has been caused. Once you know this, you know where you need to start when trying to fix it up.
⦁ Cope when facing difficulty: The healing process begins when we acknowledge a problem and confront it. Journaling allows us to do that while we keep ourselves occupied through writing. When we sit and think deeply about what we are going through, our mind wanders and brings to remembrance more of our troubles, including those not related to the current situation, thereby making us even more overwhelmed. Journaling allows us to focus on the problem without our thoughts getting deeper into our experiences.
⦁ Reflect on events and do honest self-searching: Journaling makes a difference when used as a problem-solving tool. It allows you to place yourself in the story as you write and try to break down what happened. If you are honest in how you tell the story, you will be more aware of your behavior and its impact on your life and identify your strengths and weaknesses. The next thing to do would be to forgive yourself for mistakes and make changes where you need to.
⦁ Keep a reliable record on how to survive certain situations and heal – Journaling is not effective when it is only a list of bad experiences. It works better when you also document solutions including, the healing process and your progress. Writing these can help you get a balanced view of your life should you choose to refer back to the journal in the future and also give you hope and possible solutions to future problems. Doing this further helps you sort out your reactions to events.
Everyone needs a place to feel free. Writing about how you feel in a journal can provide just what you want—a confidant—one that won’t judge you, one that is a good listener.
While it may seem silly initially, however, Journaling proves to be a great way to release your pent-up emotions once you get the hang of it. It provides you with a way to connect with yourself and reach a state of mindfulness. If you haven’t tried it yet, it is about time someone introduced you to Journaling. Trust me; it works wonders in improving your mental health.
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