Happy Today!

The recommendation for July is one which was identified based on our participation through a historic time of life. Life in a pandemic may not be on the bucket list for life. It was likely not included on as part of 2020 resolutions.

But whether planned or not, this is what everyone across the world is living through. There are probably a mixture of emotions and random thoughts spiraling around in your heads. Journaling is an activity which can be utilized as a means of emotion management.

Writing is known to have multiple benefits which include managing stress, decreasing blood pressure, improving your sleep and increasing creativity.

There is one person who quickly rises to my mind when I think of journaling – Anne Frank. This teenager wrote in her diary everyday while hidden away in an attic while her family attempted to remain safe. She died over 70 years ago but her entries remained to teach us how to persevere and overcome immense struggles.

She wrote about her experience for her own benefit and years lady, people are learning from her. Your journal entries will likely not meet her prominence, but they can help you deal with life.

Why journal?

Journaling can and is a path to self awareness. It can also be utilized as a method of maintaining a written record of the challenges, successes and memories you had from the year.

This is a free activity which requires minimal equipment but dedicated time.

Choosing a journal:

1. Portable

2. Digital or Analog

Topics to write about:

1. Goals, successes and strategies

2. Fears, challenges, issues faced and how

3. Food logs

4. Answers to journal prompts

5. Things you don’t like

6. Answers from personal development study questions

7. Gratitude

8. Prayers

9. Life Diary

10. Quotes & affirmations

If you have difficulty identifying how to fill your notebook, you can consider utilizing a journal with guided prompts. These have increased in popularity and can be found everywhere.

Here are a four titles you can look into:

1. Becoming: A Guided Journal by Michelle Obama

2. Find Your Voice: A Guided Journal For Writing Your Truth by Angie Thomas

3. The Five Second Journal: The Best Daily Journal and Fastest Way to Slow Down, Power Up, and Get Sh*t Done by Mel Robbins

4. Burn After Writing: How Honest Can You Be When No One Is Watching by Sharon Jones

Journaling is your activity with no right or wrong method. There are no special instructions nor requirements for how often or when to write. It’s a creation that is completely within your control.

Til next time,

“Unless you write yourself, you can’t know how wonderful it is; I always used to bemoan the fact that I couldn’t draw, but now I’m overjoyed that at least I can write. And if I don’t have the talent to write books or newspaper articles, I can always write for myself. But I want to achieve more than that.” – Anne Frank, The Diary of a Young Girl

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