Have you ever felt like you were so filled with stress and anxiety that you literally could not make any decisions to move in any direction? Many women find that using journaling is an effective tool to decompress and allow some of the pressure and “steam” to release.
If you have considered journaling, but it seems like “one more thing to do”, or it appears complicated and confusing, or maybe you just have questions on how to even do journaling effectively…
…Do you write whatever you are thinking? Is it meant to be used as a diary? Do you write about gratitude or use writing prompts?
The answer is: yes to all of it!
One thing that can help you decide what type of journaling will work for you, is to figure out what kind of stress or anxiety you have, and how it is affecting you.
Do you have moments of extreme stress that are trigger-based? Or a general sense of dread when you think about certain things or the future?
Certain forms of journaling can help a lot with different issues relating to your stress and anxiety.
Brain Dump for Generalized Anxiety
If you find yourself super stressed out by the end of the day, due to stress build-up, or waking up at night, then using journaling at the end of the day, may help reduce your stress and calm anxiety.
Doing a brain dump or stream of consciousness style of journaling can be an effective practice when you’ve had a day full of multiple stress triggers, or if you just feel worn out.
A Brain Dump is where you get just write about whatever is on your mind. Let your thoughts flow to the paper, bouncing around to different topics as often as you want to. You can even add doodles if that helps express your feelings or thoughts.
For many women, generalized stress or anxiety is worsened when they bottle up anxious thoughts and hold them inside.
When thoughts can be put onto paper or electronically ( if you journal on your computer or iPad) it can provide a relaxing and freeing feeling.
Scripting About Your Future Plans
If your anxiety or stress has specific triggers, especially when it comes to venturing into the unknown or moving forward to achieving enormous goals, then scripting is a great way to write in your journal.
This is often used in the Law of Attraction and manifesting, but you don’t need to have that as a goal or be spiritual to benefit from scripting.
Scripting is a type of writing where you write down what you want to achieve, but as if you already have it.
If you want to buy a house, you don’t write that you want to buy a house but write a journal entry as if you already bought your dream home. Where is it? What is it like? How big is it? How do you feel now that you have it?
Daily Journaling for All Forms of Stress
Regardless of what type of stress you have, whether it is a job, family, co-workers, financial, or health-related, daily journaling can be a welcome relief. Some days you might feel like doing a brain dump, other days you might be inspired to write about a specific experience you had that day.
Remember, that however you journal, your writings are for you. Write without judgment, journal with love for yourself, and allow yourself to have freedom within your writing.