Do you enjoy journalling? It’s something i’ve looked at but never really thought it was for me.
Are you getting sick of lockdown yet? I really love my family but I must admit that having all of them in the house 24/7 with not much prospect of anything different, is getting a bit wearing.
I have enjoyed the break from the norm, and so have they, but there are occasional tensions. Not only that but I am in two minds about the speed of the recovery. When should we start going out and doing stuff again? How do we balance physical health and economic health?
I’m aware, like some others, that the longer we remain indoors the longer we can pretend that the coming recession/depression isn’t going to come and won’t be so bad. I’m also well aware that not everybody has been as lucky as us, for many the bad times are already here.
I am normally a Tiggerish type of person. My hubby would say that I am maybe a bit annoyingly optimistic sometimes and often irrationally so. I can see the small dregs in the bottom of a glass that is definitely empty and enjoy them anyway, then go and figure out how to refill it.
But I have to say, that in these unprecedented times (and I’m growing to hate that word!) even my boundless optimism has found its limits and I’m finding myself ever more gloomy.
I’ve read enough times that journaling can help you to marshal and observe your thoughts. I’ve never really felt a need before. But, at the start of this month, I thought “What the heck? Why not? What’s the worst that could happen?”
I’m at a bit of a loose end, I’ve got nowhere particularly to be and I can surely find 10 minutes a day. Let’s give this journalling lark a try. So I invested in one of the many online coach set of journaling prompts and I have been answering three short questions a day in my book, plus writing three good things that I’m grateful for each day.
I’ll be honest, it felt a bit contrived at first. Some of the questions just didn’t really work for me, and I found myself just giving a brief yes or no answer or a couple of words. Some days I looked at the questions and simply said no, I’ve never thought like that – end of story.
But then some days the question brought forth an answer off the top of my head, and then I looked at it and realised something deep about myself and that something had to change. Some days I answered no I’ve never thought like that, and then realised that this was really sad, and I should start to think like that more often. So I wrote a bit more and suddenly stuff was tumbling out.
I’m only about three weeks in at this point, but I can already feel a narrative unfolding, and I’m starting to move forward in many areas of my life, taking the baby steps to get me towards where I have suddenly realised I want to go.
I’m not going to share with you what I have found out about me, as that is for me alone. But I will tell you that this process already feels life-changing. I’m still hacked off by certain parts of my life, but I feel more in control again. i know that lockdown will end when it does, and I will be ready to greet it when that time comes, ready to get out in the big wide world and live my life again, with a few little tweaks.
Are your thoughts in a bit of a mess right now? If you are interested in journaling and changing the way you think gently, then I have a challenge for you. Next week I am going to be running a 7-day positive thinking challenge which will be published on this blog. if you want to join in then download the workbook below and sign up for the daily emails.
We wil be starting on 29th June, but if you see this after that, then join in anyway. You can start your 7 days whenever
At the end of 7 days, I’ll be sharing some of the questions that I have answered in my journal over the last three weeks. I’ll give you enough prompts to see you through a month of journaling. Then you will be off and running!