Journaling is not only a proven way to facilitate your personal growth and development, it is also a great way to reduce stress and help with self-esteem.
Why is it then, that the younger you are the more likely you are to find time for journaling? Don’t adults in their professional lives need to indulge in this activity just as much, if not more, because of our strenuous workload and the pressures that come with age?
There have been studies conducted by researchers from the University of Florida and University of Minnesota which detail the outcomes of having individuals list down positive things that they are thankful for, as being reduced stress levels and a greater sense of calmness. It might also help you break the cycle, take a moment away from the rat race to re-evaluate what is most important to you and what you appreciate the most in your life.
For people not used to the idea of giving themselves a few moments to sit down and write, it might even prove to be quite difficult at first but it is worth it and you will find the words flowing with increasing ease as days go by. I suggest trying it for a month and see how you feel at the end.
List down things you love
This idea will probably take the least amount of time and fill up your pages fast. It is a fun way to appreciate everything you like, big and small, be it your favorite songs and ice-cream flavors or sounds you like! Blue days may become easier if you have lists reminding you of all the happy things in life.
It can also be recorded in the built-in Notes application on your smart phone, which might be more convenient for most people who often find themselves with time to kill on daily commutes.
Talk to yourself
For the professionals who just cannot muster up the motivation or will to sit and go through the seemingly tedious motions of writing in a notebook, recording yourself might be an effective alternative!
It’s quick, practical and on-the-go with smart phones! Add to it daily and you could always have it transcribed if you want to.
Maybe the bad things are not so bad
We have a bad habit of blowing the negatives in our lives out of proportion sometimes, or letting them bother us more than they should. These small things pile up and have a considerably detrimental effect on mental health and motivation and it is best to lose the mental baggage with each passing day.
Journaling can be of great use in this situation. You can make quick lists of what is bothering you, or things you dislike. Make it short. And then sleep on it.
Solutions and ways to cope may come a lot easier this way. Or you might even discover it was not as bad as you had first thought.
This platform is a good way to jumpstart your journaling, giving you ideas and structure. It’s a great way to organize your thoughts in an easy manner. All you will need is a notebook and a pen. No fancy equipment needed. To get started, take a peek at this site: http://bulletjournal.com/get-started/
Make a secret Pinterest board of all the things that bring you happiness in your life. When you are feeling down, take a peek at this visual board for a quick reminder of what you have in your life. Add one pin daily to create your visual board!
Journaling helps with gaining a new perspective on things, which can be a crucial element for professionals in dire need of some creative insight. This is precisely why journaling becomes that much more of an investment in mental health and creative processes for professionals and something worth thinking about.