Do you have a journal? If not, you should start a journal. Since I was young, I’ve always enjoyed keeping a diary, journal, whatever you want to call it. I would write in it nearly every night before I went to bed. It’s been what feels like centuries ago that I wrote a “dear diary” entry, but I still enjoy journaling in a more adult way.
In those “dear diary” days, each night I would reflect on my day and write it down. I would write down any important things that happened, how I felt that day or how something made me feel, my fears, and my hopes.
Keeping a journal through the years helped me out quite a bit. When I would go through rough times, writing my feelings down relieved a lot of stress and anxiety (like when a boyfriend broke up with me and I just thought it was the end of the world… haha – looking back at some of my writings it’s pretty comical now). But all of those experiences made me the person I am today, so I am grateful for that.
Journaling Can Decrease Stress
Because I have epilepsy, I need to make sure I keep my stress levels under control. One of the biggest stress relievers for me is writing things down. Journaling, along with coloring, helps me with my anxiety, stress, and depression.
Towards the beginning, when my seizures first started happening, I would keep a journal of everything I did throughout the day, when I had a seizure, how I felt before and after a seizure. This allowed me to see what events may have let to the onset of the seizure. It also helps me explain to people exactly how I feel before and after a seizure so they can understand what may happen.
I love homeschooling, but some days with everything we have going on, it can be too much. If my son or I have had a rough start to the day or need to write our feelings, we will spend a few minutes journaling before we do any other class work. It seems to help calm him down a bit and concentrate more on his work.
Writing down your experiences and emotions can really help you do some self-exploration. Journaling can help you get rid of those negative feelings you may be struggling with. You can organize your thoughts while journaling and get to the bottom of why you may be feeling the way you do.
There are so many things journaling on a daily basis can do for your health. There are a lot of journal styles and options out there as well. You can purchase prompt journals which will give you a daily prompt to write about. Regular journals which allow you to just write and/or doodle, spiritual journals, and journals you can use to pass down to your children or grandchildren so they have your memories to look back on.
Some of my favorites that we use:
I’ve enjoyed journaling so much throughout the years that I have also encouraged my daughter to start journaling. She’s is at that age where she is developing and becoming a lady. Her emotions are all over the place. Journaling has helped her get her frustration, strange feelings, and new experiences out. This has also helped her organize her thoughts. It seems like she is coming to me and asking more questions about what is happening with her body. I can usually time it to right after she has written in her journal. As a mom, I love that I can be there for her and help her.
I recommend journaling once a day. Write whatever it is your feeling or have felt throughout the day. Let your mind escape without worrying about grammar or being proper. Just let all those feelings and worries out onto the paper. I promise in a few months you will be glad you started journaling.
While I journal about my feelings and events that have happened.. I also use it as kind of a note system. For instance, when I’m thinking of a recipe and might want to try different variations, I’ll write it down. Kind of a weird thing to put in a journal, and not a recipe book, but that’s how I came up with the Unforgettable Banana Bread recipe!
So, that is why I think every mom should start a journal. Do you journal or want to start a journal? I’d love to hear your story.