“The habit of writing for my eye is good practice. It loosens the ligaments.”
~ Virginia Woolf
We all have busy lives that take us in many different directions throughout the day. Before we know it, it is time to go to bed, wake up and do it all over again.
Sometimes our days can feel like a whirlwind, which for me leaves me feeling ungrounded, anxious or unsettled. When I operate at this pace I feel uncertain of myself; I lose touch with my purpose, my creative spark.
Ultimately I loose touch with the confident and joyful feeling that takes over when I have created something, when I have expressed myself with spontaneity and creativity.
When we are so busy we become overworked, tired and disconnected from our internal creative worlds. This is not sustainable. It can lead to feeling exhausted and going through life on autopilot, which is not rewarding or soul-filling.
However, integrating a journaling practice into our lives brings us back to center. It can help us feel more creative, confident and grounded in our unique truths. It helps make our busy lives more mindful and sustainable.
By journaling for only a few minutes a day, we can instantly feel more at peace. The following points share why this is so and why you should start journaling today to create a more joyful, creative and empowered life.
Journaling Decreases Anxiety and Stress
Journaling instantly takes us inward.
When we journal, we must release attachment to what we are writing about, what is coming up for us, and approach the experience with an open heart and mind.
Doing so asks us to enter into a meditative space.
It asks us to settle in and it helps us get rid of all the random thoughts of the day that were taking up space.
Journaling has a recharging effect for this reason. It helps us release, helps us become more present, and helps us get closer to who we are.
Being in this meditative space, helps us feel more grounded through our days, more in-tune with our intuition, creativity and center.
Journaling Strengthens Our Creative Muscles
Each time we write, we are strengthening our connection to our creativity.
The beauty of journaling is we write without expectation and allow what needs to come forward, come forward.
To do this we have to activate our spontaneity. Doing so allows us to feel this beautiful, alive energy. With it comes feelings of joy, aliveness, intuitive sparks and expansion.
Operating from this space has a way of carrying into our non-journaling time. We bring with us life force energy, which helps us feel more energized and ready to take on anything that comes our way.
Journaling Strengthens Our Voice
The more we write, the more we become clear about who we are, what we think and what we care about.
When we write, we become clearer about what bothers us and what brings us joy. We become clearer about the things that get caught under our consciousness that we didn’t even realize.
We strengthen out ability to put our words together, to bring our thoughts to form.
We become more solid in who we are and how we express ourselves.
Writing helps us see our unique perspective, how we communicate with the world and it helps us bring our beautifully unique voices into the world.
Journaling Increases Our Confidence
Journaling is a wonderful confidence builder because the process of expressing ourselves strengthens us from the inside out.
The more we write, the more we get in touch with who we are and how we show up in the world.
This affects us on both a conscious and unconscious level.
When we have written, we feel lighter, we feel clearer about who we are and what matters to us.
We stand a little taller, we feel more solid and confident in our being.
Through journaling we have released all that was holding us back by allowing it to breathe through our writing.
We let go, we come alive, we stand solid in our center.
How to Start a Journaling Practice
Starting a journaling practice doesn’t have to take a lot of time or effort.
Starting is simply a decision to start writing and to allow what is coming up for you to be written.
Journaling is a safe space to release expectations, to put your voice down gently and with curiosity.
Don’t over think, just allow.
Allow yourself to show up exactly how you are.
Feel free to experiment writing for five minutes, without stopping, or to fill up a blank page.
Allow this process to be fun and to guide you to exactly what you need for balance, healing and a more positive life.
Have you had a positive experience with journaling, or have thought about starting a journaling practice? I would love to hear from you, share your thoughts below.