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The benefits of journalling…

I will bet most of the people who are reading this post either had or have a journal or diary.  Depending on how you use it, all sorts of things might be written down in it.  In my diary, I mostly keep my appointments and important things I need to do.  But my journal?  Oh well, I keep all sorts of things there.

packed journals

In the past few weeks, my journalling has tailed off.  I can really feel the difference.  I mean, I have been really busy and it is understandable that stuff falls under the radar now and again.  But I have noticed a change in my mood, and not for the better.  I had a lot of stress and resentment simmering under the surface and where I would usually resolve it by writing it all out in my journal, I had instead been rolling it over and over in my mind and getting more and more stressed about it.  How interesting!

Anyway, I was at a big stationer’s shop this morning with my Mum who was buying a new typing chair.  I took the opportunity to take a good look around and found some excellent journals and diaries at bargain prices, along with some really cool coloured pens (a particular weakness of mine) and somehow they all leapt into a basket and were checked out by me.  I love the feeling of new pens and pencils.  I think it might be the accountant in me, still trying to get out.

So when I came home, lo and behold, in the front of one of my little journals it has some information about why journalling is good for you.  I thought it would be a good subject to blog about, and share this information with you.

journal

Journalling is a great way to organise your thoughts.  It is used quite often in self help and life coaching methodologies, and I find it personally a great way of getting some strong emotions out, safely.  It also reduces your mental clutter.  This is great for those times when you are struggling to sleep.  If it is because your brain is going three thousand miles and hour, journalling might be a way to get those pesky thoughts out of the brain so you can sleep.  In addition, sometimes, you can get great insights into who you are and how you operate.  I always find it interesting to see how things looked in the past when I re-read my journals, when I can face doing so.

Studies have shows that it can also improve your mental and physical health, counteract stress and boost immunity.  Considering I have been feeling less than well for the last few days, and I have somehow found the energy to clean my house, do the laundry and get some niggling little jobs done since I journalled again late this morning, I am minded to pay attention to that a little more in future.  of course, the fact that writing helps your cognitive function generally also helps.

love paper

In addition, there are benefits to writing in a paper journal (as opposed to on a screen) also helps keep your inner critic at bay.  Word processors make it all too easy to constantly edit as you type.  Writing without that critic is apparently quite liberating, but I am not entirely sure I am ever going to achieve that.  But it is worth practising.

So what can you use journalling for?  You can use it to set goals, explore ideas, reflect on books or films you find interesting, clarify an unresolved situation, work out emotionally challenging experiences, write about your travel experiences, or even just keep track of your diet and exercise.

What ever you use journalling for, know that it is doing you the power of good to do it.  I am planning on making it a morning thing for me to do some, and do bits throughout the day so I can keep on top of the stressful occurrences which seem to be part and parcel of life at the moment.

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Feeling reflective…

And not in a day glow yellow, high visibility sort of way either.

reflecting

I think it might have something to do with the weather, or the time of year, or the fact that my stupid knee is still not playing ball and I am not able to do all the stuff that I want to do so I have more time to think, but I am definitely churning things over in my mind at the moment.  This can be a good thing and it can be a bad thing.  I am not quite sure which it is this time.

Last night, I decided to get out three books to leaf through and re-read.  I wanted to tell you about these books and they might help some of you out there as well.

sink reflections

The first book I am going to be re-reading is “Sink Reflections” by a lady called Marla Cilley, who goes by the name of FlyLady on the internet.  She has adapted a system for cleaning and staying on top of the jobs in the house and garden which I am a huge fan of.  I found it about 11 years ago, when I was struggling to keep house and go to work full time, and stay on top of everything.  Although I no longer go out to work, I do feel that I could do with a refresher course in her system.  I have a bigger house and a MUCH bigger garden to keep on top of these days and I feel a bit like I am drowning.  I know why I feel that way – the perfectionism monster is creeping about again – but I am hoping a re-read and a “back to basics” approach might help me.

timeless simplicity

The second book I am want to re-read is the book that started off the journey from full time accountant to Homemaker, and hopefully will inspire me to get to the final destination of holistic herbalist and life coach.  It is a think volume by John Lane called “Timeless Simplicity”.  I bought it in the gift shop at the Eden Project in Cornwall, when my husband and I were there on holiday.  I can’t really tell you what drew me to the book, because it genuinely looks very unassuming, but I read it from cover to cover and then felt compelled to underline bits and write notes in the margin.  I NEVER do that in books, usually, so this is a special, special case.  I am hoping it will give me the boot in the backside that I require to get me back on track with my qualification and remind me of why we are doing what we are doing.

back garden self sufficiency

The third book is a relatively new acquisition.  It is entitled “The essential guide to Back Garden Self Sufficiency” and this is really what I aim to be.  I know I won’t ever get to that stage, at least not until I can turn the entire back garden into an allotment for the veg and fruit that we would like to grow and harvest and store, but it does give some really useful hints and tips for getting the veg patch up and running.  It also gives a lot of hints and tips about how to store your harvest, and I hope that this time next year, that is what I am going to be busy doing.

I hope, if you decide to get these books as well, that you enjoy them as much as I have and intend to again.