You may have heard that when you feel stressed or overwhelmed that it helps to write it out. While there may be many artistic styles of writing, the art of writing has yet to go out of style. Aside from being a beneficial way to bring clarity into your life, the act of journaling can also afford you a way to get in touch with your authentic self.
Our headspace processes a lot of content each day. We’re inundated with opinions, perceptions, and personal conflicts. All of this adds up and creates clutter and confusion. It’s easy to forget the hopes and intentions we’ve set for ourselves each morning. For myself, five minutes a day writing in a journal has given me a stronger sense of purpose and empowerment.
Here are a few simple ways to reduce mind clutter and reconnect to your personal truth:
Designate an area that is free from interruption and noise. Choose a writing utensil that suits your mood and grab a notebook, stationary, or a dedicated journal. You may think it’s easier or faster to use a laptop or tablet, but the idea is to connect to your thoughts and disconnect from anything that might distract. Once you have that pen in hand you hold the power. All you need to do is start. Keep in mind, it doesn’t matter what or how you write. No one will be critiquing your words.
Reflect to Connect
So, your mind has been spinning all day but once you sit down to write you draw a blank. It happens. Often times we get bogged down with all the noise, media, and other external influences that it almost seems foreign to hear ourselves think. Close your eyes and take a few cleansing breaths. You’ve got this. Start by jotting down some questions. “What’s on your mind?” “How do you feel today?” “What did you do when you woke up this morning?” Ask easy questions that won’t take too much effort to answer. Remember, you’re relearning how to connect with yourself and it takes practice. If you still find yourself struggling, write about someone you love or admire, a pet, or even the latest series you binge-watched. Write about the vacation that you’ve always wanted to take. Write the way you would speak to a friend.
Once you’ve developed a habit for journaling the words will flow on their own. We aren’t always aware of what we’re holding onto, and writing can be a peaceful way to pinpoint fears or simply let go. Subtle shifts like improved memory and sleep, reduced anxiety and stress, and a healthier way to handle unforeseen situations are a few of the ways I have benefitted.
Gift Yourself the Time
Make your journal writing sacred, an event that you look forward to. How exciting to get reacquainted with your genuine self! This is not meant to be a chore. This is for YOU and you’re worth the investment. I recommend starting with five minutes and work up to fifteen minutes or more. I’m not a big fan of using a timer, so I often use music to guide me when I have to keep to a tight schedule.
Give this suggestion a try. Create a playlist of songs that are soft, melodic, and preferably instrumental for when you plan to journal. I recommend piano, harp, guitar, or any music that is meant for the background. Since the length of the song is displayed, you can create different playlists depending on how long you plan to write. Once the final song is over you can wrap up your thoughts, or if you’ve found your flow, keep going. There will be times when you only have a few minutes to spare and it will be just as beneficial.
When you are able to take a moment to quiet the mind, you may be surprised what is revealed from within. Designate a time and space whenever you can. Ask questions and let the answers come from the heart. This is your opportunity to have a voice without judgment, objection, or input from anyone. Reflect to connect to the person you are and the person you’re meant to be.