Distress–or Destress?

This entry is part 4 of the series How to Journal
  • Is work getting you down?
  • Are you battling to reach a deadline?
  • Do you have too few hours in your day? So how can journaling help you?

  • Are you angry most of the time?
  • Do you feel disillusioned or disappointed with life?
  • Is you health under attack from the pressure of life?

In other words, are you a victim of stress?

I doubt if there is anyone in today’s society who doesn’t suffer from stress. Where a little stress is healthy, when it gains control in our lives we can freeze mentally and emotionally. It can also make us physically ill. Before you reach that stage try journaling.

Here are a few more thoughts or reminders:

  • Write with clear images and emotions. Include your reactions, regardless of whether they were logical or not.
  • You can write about the day, the week or even the year. You can write about specific events or people. Most importantly, write about your emotions.
  • When you’ve finished, go back and read what you’ve written. You may realise you need to take action or make a response to what you’ve written down.
  • You may want to write about something very ordinary, like the flowers in your garden. Out of this could come a devotional message, or a challenge to get out and do more gardening.
  • If you do decide to set some goals as a result of your journaling, do make sure they are attainable. Don’t set yourself up for a further emotional let-down by expecting too much of yourself.

Sometimes you will recognise changes that have occurred in you through your journaling. Perhaps your attitude improves between one entry and another on the same subject. And that’s what journaling is all about.

As you get into the habit of regularly writing about the issues of life, you will grow in both self-esteem and self-confidence. You will become a better-adjusted person.