Journaling To Help Focus On The Things You Can Control
A few years ago I was listening to a podcast with Hal Elrod (author of The Miracle Morning) and he shared his story. Now, from listening to his story he has had quite a few things in his life that he could not control from a serious life threatening accident where he was told he would never walk again and was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia, a rare cancer with a 10% survival ratea.
You might think that a person that has had so many challenges might be negative however he shared his simple yet powerful idea of “I Can’t Change That”.
We are living in stressful times right now where we can’t change what is going on in the world. So, when your world seems like it is spinning out of control, you may feel helpless. One way to address this and stay more positive is to focus on the things you can control while you realize those things you can’t change. Instead of fretting about things out of your control, focus on making sure you do your best job on the things you can control.
Journaling is a powerful tool to focus on what is within your control and helps reduce and manage stress.
Modern life and stress go together, right? We live with the constant stress from juggling demands and obligations that has become a regular part of our lives. Some level of stress is okay; it keeps you motivated and growing as a person. But sometimes pressure can tip over into anxiety and lead to all sorts of problems, and you need to work out how best to deal with it. Journaling is an increasingly popular and effective way of managing your day-to-day stress levels. Here’s how -
Journaling takes you away from the digital world
As many of us are now living with the new reality of “social distancing” we might consider our Journaling with pen and paper as soothing and grounding in a way a screen and keyboard can’t compete with. You can’t rush writing with a pen or pencil.
Journaling in a real notebook helps you to step aside from scrolling or jumping from one thing to another. You can only have one tab open in a notebook! The physical act of writing or sketching uses your whole body to make marks; it’s grounding.
Journaling helps you change your mindset
Journaling is a naturally reflective process. Keeping note of all the good things in your life helps to keep negativity at bay and to reset your attitude to positive. When you’re feeling down, you can leaf back through your journal and remember the good things in your life.
Journaling is instant stress relief
Writing down your frustrations, hopes, and fears can give you immediate emotional release. Instead of stewing about how other people have treated you, your journal gives you a safe space to download all your fear, anger, hurt and frustration. And having poured your feelings onto the page, you feel better. You might even get a different perspective on the situation. At the very least, the problems will not be swirling around in your head anymore. Journaling can be a great antidote to brooding!
Journaling can help you find the source of your stress
The act of writing in your journal can unleash a flood of unacknowledged feelings. Maybe the thing that’s stressing you out today is your unreasonable boss or nagging co-worker or the fear of what is going on in the world. But perhaps you’re reacting this way because they are triggering memories of people or situations where you haven’t felt safe in the past?
“I can’t change that” is a powerful place to start if you are considering writing in your journal. Begin writing about what is in your control, where you are grateful and know that Journaling can help you find the real source for your feelings and provide a way forward.
Share how you use Journaling to manage stress and how you notice the places in your life where you see the power of “I can’t change that”.
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