Journalling for health

 In Body Mind and Spirit, Detox support, Nurture your body

“Do you know about the stress relieving aspects of Journalling? If it were down to me I’d have everyone journalling without delay.”

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JOURNALLING FOR HEALTH

In case you don’t already know about journalling, journalling is a form of writing. You take the time everyday to write about your private feelings and observations, it’s all about making the time everyday to write down how you are feeling. Writing down how you feel allows you to externalise feelings that are caught up inside you. It is amazing for stress relief and it helps you reconnect to the real amazing fabulous you that you know you are.

Journalling is very different to writing a diary. Journalling is all about feelings and observations, reflective thoughts, deep thinking, a-hah moments, things you are grateful for, things that you are afraid of, feelings, emotions, hopes and dreams. It’s about getting your thoughts and feelings out of your body and externalising them onto a piece of paper instead. I love  journalling, I find it’s an incredible way of improving your mood, your mental state and for taking stressors out of the body…and we all know when the inner body has stressors it creates inflammation which leads to illness and disease.

When do you journal?

I think that the best time of the day to journal is within an hour of getting up. It will put you in the right frame of mind for the day, focussing on what is important to you.

In Easy Detox Lifestyle terms the best time of the day is during the cleansing and clearing phase of the day which is the detox phase between 4am and Noon.

Journalling is definitely about getting into flow with words like steady, fresh, graceful and flowing, so it’s a perfect fit for the cleansing and clearing phase.

Do you need a special book for your journal?

I think that it is nice to get some kind of a special book that you can dedicate to your journalling if you can afford to get one, it will be a book that you only record your journalling alone, a book that’s dedicated to recording your private thoughts, observations, hopes and wishes.

You don’t have to have a special book though, you could have lose leaf sheets that you store in a  file or folder, or you could use exercise style books like the ones you had at school.

I keep my journal in a private place and it’s for my eyes only.

At first it might seem awkward to write in your journal. What do you write about?

Many people feel awkward about journalling, it may not be something they have done before. Wherever do you start? I suggest you start by writing down what you are grateful for.

I don’t use journalling as a place for a private rant, I have set myself a lose rule that whatever goes into my journal has to be as positive as it can be…even when I am writing about the negative stuff.

How long should it take to write a journal entry each day?

I always try to journal for at least 5 minutes a day, a longer session might take 30 minutes or more. It’s better to allow at least 5 minutes if you are able and to make time at a regular time every day. Giving yourself a regular structure to write within really helps. Shut yourself away in the closest thing to a cave that you can create and allow the freeform words to flow from your mind down your arm through your fingers into your pen and on the paper. It’s wonderful. You never get this feeling when you type into a screen or use a piece of tech. If that’s all you have though use that! This is easy detox after all!

Write in a notebook, with a pen in ink

Writing by hand, in a paper journal,  is a very slow way to record anything. I think that there is value to be had in that slowness. It allows you to connect pen to paper, to think and to record in earnest. The flow of the pen point on the paper, the way the lines accumulate. It’s lovely. Don’t worry about your spelling, punctation, crossings out  or phrasing, all that matters is the constant uninterrupted stream of thoughts being transferred to your journalling book. No-one but you will look in the book so how you write is of no matter, it will not be judged by anyone but you.

Your thoughts and feelings are trying to tell you something – so listen!

Your thoughts and feelings deserve your undivided attention, they have wisdom to share and you need to make time to listen to them. When you are living in amongst all the business of the day your inner voice is completely drowned out. It competes with all those fascinating, interest grabbing things that are all around you! The most important message of the day is the one you share with your inner voice. Give it the chance to speak and be heard. Making time to be alone

Being ‘alone’ has negative connotations for anyone that’s loves to be social.  It’s only through spending that time alone though that you reconnect with your own individual identity, with that inner voice deep within you. Through journalling you get the opportunity to speak your truth and hear your truth too.

Being ‘alone’ has negative connotations for us social animals!

Some among us really struggle to be alone, particularly with the constant distractions of social media, TV, Radio, the internet, family, friends, work colleagues, clubs…and so forth. When was the last time you were truly alone with your thoughts?  We know that being alone out of choice for short periods is really valuable and journalling takes us into that space of being alone and gives us an outlet for our feelings when we arrive there.

Although you may not like the idea of cutting yourself off from the rest of the planet, and although I’m sure that some times are a bad time to journal, you need to set aside some minutes daily to allow your inner voice to be heard. Do this when you are on your own and not likely to be disturbed. Let yourself be with only you. Allow the inner voice speak to you, you’ll be surprised and delighted at what it says.

A safe space to feel unsafe

Journalling is a safe space to feel unsafe. What do I mean by this? How often do you find yourself thinking something but not letting it out, not allowing yourself to delve into those feelings and to stare them head on? It may be that you can record how you feel about a situation in a journal in a way there is no outlet to allow for in day to day life.

I often write really personal stuff in my journal, sometimes my fears go in (the stuff I don’t share with other people) and sometimes I’ll write things in my journal that I want to highlight in my life but I don’t talk to other people about.

Seeing the patterns emerge

Journalling means you can explore feelings and emotions that are so often suppressed – I remember the journaling day when I realised I had uncovered a major block in my life – I didn’t feel that I deserved love or derived to be accepted…yet it was only because I wrote things down in my journal and then started to see a pattern emerging that I made the connection – I could then do something about resolving the pattern  so it was no longer an issue…this was what I did and at a later date I could record in my journal that this pattern had been dealt with and I was so grateful that it had been uncovered and that it had gone! I love being loved, I love being accepted! My journal reminded me of this.

I write to people in my journal when I can’t tell them in any other way

I have used my journal to write to people that I can’t speak to. I have had a lot of my family die, they died many years ago, and whereas really I should be able to phone my parents and tell them my great news, or let them know how well my kids are doing….well, because they’ve died I can’t. So, I use my journal to write them letters, and I tell them all about it in my letters!  It’s a bit one way of course, but it helps me release my happiness and to include them in it.

Sometimes you can end up not being able to talk to people about things, maybe an argument, or a difference of opinion is creating issues. Writing your point of view in a journal and why you feel you are in the right, then also writing what you think their point of view is in the journal as well as why they are right in how they are thinking…writing you are sorry for the situation and accepting that they must be sorry about it as well – this is all very clearing stuff. Resentments and blocks don’t cause the damage internal that they used to cause if you journal this way. Its a lovely way to offload and to make peace with the world.

Journalling helps keep you focussed on what you want out of life

My to-do list increases every day no matter how many things on that list that I cross off. No matter how much I get done there always seems more and more. Are you the same? Journalling is not about creating or managing most of the to dos on the list. Journalling is about dedicating time to focus on what you want for yourself out of the busy-ness of life. It tells you who you are (in case you’ve forgotten), when you journal you don’t need to play all those daily roles….role of mum, sister, daughter, teacher, cook, housekeeper, taxi, lover, agony aunt… in your journal it’s all about you, all those roles can fall away temporarily! Journalling allows you to see who you are, what the life you want to lead is, how your life is impacted and how it needs to change, you can chart those impacts, chart that progress, be thankful when you steer your life in a better direction.

A journal is a great mood changer

When times get you down and you think that everything is going to pot have a read through the previous pages you have written in your journal.  The pages written in your own hand will remind you, will serve as evidence, that although there are bad times there are good times as well, and that although times can be worrying they can also be very happy too.  The pages will remind you that life has the potential to be really good again, you need to know this when you are feeling really down.

A journal can be an idea incubator, a dream catcher, a wish highlighter and a general magic maker!

My journal is full of all sorts of ideas that pop into my head. It’s full of personal affirmations I want to use. I even write down dreams I have for myself and my future … and no-one laughs or gives me reasons why not, how they can’t happen, won’t happen, are impractical….my journal never says that my dreams can’t come true! My journal beckons me to work out how aspects of that dream could show up in my life, how with a tweak here and there I may be able to move in the direction of that dream in a way that make it more a of reality than a pipe dream.

I’m sure that there are many people that would use journalling for other things but for those of us that are of a health conscious mindset using a journal can be an astonishing ally everyday.

Journalling costs nothing but your time and a willingness to reconnect with a deep inner voice that is in need of being heard. Remember, the best time of the day to journal is within an hour of you getting up as it puts you in the right frame of mind for the day. Why not give it a try?