Recently, I had the opportunity to connect with a fantastic human being by the name of Shell. She runs a great company called Zen Again. When life is hectic and busy, she provides a list of services and offerings for anyone looking to center themselves. I asked Shell if she could contribute a blog posting that you all could benefit from, and she was kind enough to oblige.
So without further adieu, please enjoy Shell’s post below, and visit her website to learn more.
So what is journaling? It’s simply writing down your thoughts and feelings to understand them more clearly.
- Where to start? We’ll help you with that with a FREE 30 day guided journaling prompt sheet we are offering.
- What if I don’t write? That’s okay, everyone can journal.
- I don’t have anything to write about? Really? Ya you do…write about what you did that day, how you felt when you hit that crow pose in yoga, what your spouse did that upset you and how it made you feel, etc. Our worksheet will help get you in your groove!
If you struggle with stress, depression, or anxiety keeping a journal can help you gain control of your emotions and improve your mental health.
From the article The Health Benefits of Journaling – Scientific evidence supports that journaling provides other unexpected benefits. The act of writing accesses your left brain, which is analytical and rational. While your left brain is occupied, your right brain is free to create, intuit and feel. Writing removes mental blocks and allows you to use all of your brainpower to better understand yourself, others and the world around you. Begin journaling and begin experiencing these benefits:
- Clarify your thoughts and feelings. Do you ever seem all jumbled up inside, unsure of what you want or feel? Taking a few minutes to jot down your thoughts and emotions (no editing!) will quickly get you in touch with your internal world.
- Know yourself better. By writing routinely you will get to know what makes you feel happy and confident. You will also become clear about situations and people who are toxic for you — important information for your emotional well-being.
- Reduce stress. Writing about anger, sadness and other painful emotions helps to release the intensity of these feelings. By doing so you will feel calmer and better able to stay in the present.
- Solve problems more effectively. Typically we problem solve from a left-brained, analytical perspective. But sometimes the answer can only be found by engaging right-brained creativity and intuition. Writing unlocks these other capabilities, and affords the opportunity for unexpected solutions to seemingly unsolvable problems.
- Resolve disagreements with others. Writing about misunderstandings rather than stewing over them will help you to understand another’s point of view. And you just may come up with a sensible resolution to the conflict.
No, you do not have to sit and write a book everyday. It can be as simple as listing 5 things you are grateful for to writing ideas down for future goals.
Below, you will find instructions on how to get your FREE 30 day prompt sheets AND journal sheets! All you need for 30 days of self discovery It does not take long each day and will help you see what your goals, wants, needs, and challenges are.
You pick the time of day you want to journal. It may be 2 minutes in the morning or 15 minutes at night, maybe on your lunch break or maybe when you get home from work. This is about you, for you, and to assist you on your journey. We have created this worksheet to help you discover journaling and while doing so, discover a bit more about yourself. It’s all you how much you choose to write. We take a half hour in the mornings for our meditation and journaling practices, just as a guideline example.
You own this 30 day “challenge” to yourself…you write FOR YOU, to YOU, about YOU. It’s also up to you to commit to this.
Always be well within Zen Friends! Until next time….
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