Destressing Using Journaling

Destressing Using Journaling
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I once watched a sitcom where a character bemoaned a medical bill, exclaiming, "Oh man, it's one hundred grand! I am unable to pay that much. The receptionist informed him that he had already availed the service while staring blankly at his face. The man resisted and griped as a result of this. Consequently, she questioned him, "Why don't you see that 100 as 20 grand, five times?" Although it was just a sitcom joke, this conversation managed to stick with me. Maybe it's just how I perceived it.  Why cant we break down our problems and try to solve them one at a a time. Everyone has difficulties, and some of us even wait for problems to start so we can complain and become stressed. Yes, the majority of the time, we do this so frequently that our brain becomes more adept at coming up with issues than at finding answers. But do we actually have the problems that our brain claims we do?

Human brain often learn patterns and recognize them. This way, we learn what to do or what to expect from a specific set of events. This is why certain people are ready for a situation while others become frightened. However, we seldom acknowledge that the panic mode can be our natural response to the situation that our brain may have adopted due to similar experiences from our past. When we hear of a situation, sometimes we think of the worst possible outcomes and add some exaggerated details to it. This habit can cloud our minds for days or months to come, where other priorities remain unattended or neglected.

There was a time when I believed we couldn't alter certain of our actions, even going so far as to believe "This is who I am." While there is no shame in accepting who we are, we should also work to become better. But how precisely are we going to forget these habits and pick up fresh ones? How are we going to breakdown 100s and see 20s which are manageable.

Get things out of our heads is the first and most important thing we can try. This is beneficial for dealing with any fears or worries we could be having, especially when we are experiencing uncertainties or overpowering feelings, ideas, or emotions. One such technique is journaling, where you can regularly record your ideas in a physical or digital diary. The writing style might be as basic as making daily notes in the form of bullet points or as complex as keeping a thorough journal with comments, goals, and points of thankfulness. The object of the game is to articulate your ideas clearly and completely in writing. This can also help you work with your emotions, especially when they are overwhelming, and aid in goal-setting and self-awareness.

Here are a few points that can help you with the process of journaling:

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3. FOR YOUR EYES ONLY

The journal is intended only for your eyes, and your eyes alone. You can express your feelings, thoughts, and emotions there in privacy. Here, it's entirely acceptable to express your honest emotions and be critical of yourself. This is not intended for an audience. The journal acts as a serving platter for your thoughts before they get overcooked in your head.

2. STICK TO BASICS

Most of us are not ready to write a journal starting with "Dear diary, today I did this and that." The thing is, there are no rules to adhere to while writing a journal. You can stick to your priorities. Are you aiming for a goal? Are you trying to get the weight off your head? The best way to write a journal is to start with bullet points.Case Example: if you are worried about your test, you can write about how much you have studied for it, the reasons for your fear of the test, what other topics need to be covered, and what you are planning to do about it.

1. ADAPT AND GROW

Initiating a journal is a small, simple task in itself, but keeping it progressively may take some effort, at least initially. One factor that may deter you from writing is setting unrealistic or farfetched goals and not being able to achieve them. Let's be realistic here, we go one day at a time, so it's must to stick to mini-goals while striving for a larger one. The journal can act as a pocket therapist, helping you set and achieve goals, providing you with a place where you can unwind your feelings and untangle your confused mind to get to the core problems.

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