You, like me, probably remember writing in a diary when you were a teenager. I'm sure you, like me, are cringing a little thinking about your burning topics of the day written about back then. Probably because of that cringe factor, I took a hiatus from journaling for a good many years and now, as I approach my 40's, I've come back to it and it's an important part of my self-development practice.
A good friend gifted me a lovely notebook for journaling a few years ago, and for ages it sat blank, unopened, too fresh and lovely to write in.
When I came to a period in my life of impending change and needed to ask myself some important questions, I eventually picked up the notebook and started to write. I wasn't working with a coach at the time and I needed an outlet to process my thoughts and help me get some clarity. I've been journaling ever since.
The power of your written word
Journaling is a simple way to externalise what you're thinking and feeling, this helps you manage stress, process your emotions and work through your thinking.
Much like working with a coach, insights often come later (sometimes even months or years later), so for those of you that haven't done this before, you may be thinking that journaling is a bit of an arbitrary task that doesn't provide quick enough 'results'. However, the simple process of writing down and externalising what's going on in your mind acts, in itself, as a catalyst for change, healing and transformation. Reflecting on what you've written at a later date can also be a great way to see how you processed something and track your progress. Which I think we don't do often enough in life or work.
I make a lot of notes on my iPhone - constantly tapping in ideas, quotes, lists - but writing has a different impact on the mind and body. There is a direct energy meridian from the hand to the heart so there's a depth and a power that comes from expressing your thoughts and feelings through physically putting pen to paper.
I'll often give journal prompts to clients to work with between coaching sessions. It's a way of moving through the process yourself and continuing the work we've done in the one-to-one session.
Really, when you've got something to work through, it's a way of coaching yourself.
5 tips to start your journaling practice:
Whether you start a regular journaling practice or put pen to paper when you need to 'coach' yourself through a life, relationship or career transition, enjoy the exploration.
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