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Writing a Journal

Updated: Aug 5, 2021

So here I am...... on my journey of self discovery.

Writing down your feelings help you to “brain-dump” your anxieties, frustrations and pains in a journal, a piece of paper anything you have to hand.

This has helped me to reduce and release stress which has built up over time at different stages of my life. It helps to boost my memory and stop being afraid of forgetting things. I found a good way to relieve stress is to write in the stream of consciousness if I wake during the night or first thing in the morning. Just write what your thinking as it comes. Actually this can be done anytime of day but night for me was when I would lie awake. Expressing myself was a good way to free up any tension that prevented me from feeling happy. It doesn't matter if its random or how its wrote below I share some of my thoughts as examples if it will help others to think about doing this. Of course you dont have to share with anyone. At times I wrote things down out of anger and frustration and made a point of ceremoniously tearing the paper to shreds and throwing it away to let go of these emotions. My journal sample during my recovery journey Care, self, me - Self being the optimum word. I can’t sleep why cant my mind just close off stop chattering I am in control of my life and right now I need to have time to rest My mind in unwell. Why do I feel like this its scary and I dont want to talk to anyone about it My journey is unique to me and everyone has their own pathway to follow. If along the way I seek knowledge, understanding, self discovery, help and support. I like helping people and I feel I have lost my way My thoughts are mixed up One step at a time How am I feeling on my bad days?

  • Poor concentration

  • Fearful

  • Exhausted

  • Overwhelmed

  • Anxious

  • Stressed

  • Unable to cope

  • Emotional and crying

  • Unable to see a future

  • Negative thoughts

  • Sleep less and bad dreams

  • Isolated and lonely

  • Vulnerable to criticism

  • Headaches and tension

  • Unmotivated

  • Confused

  • Not wanting to go on

  • Lack self esteem

  • Vulnerable

  • Judged

  • Lack hope

What can I do to feel better?

  • I will get up go for a walk

  • Wear my favourite dress

  • Talk to someone

  • Future what you enjoy doing and not enjoy as much

  • Be honest and explore options

  • Remember it will take time

  • Its ok to change my mind along the way

  • It’s alright to not have all answers at once time

  • Read a book

  • Find a creative thing I enjoy

Ideas: · A journal or wellness jar write positive things to record and read later · I am strong, I am resilient this is my time to change one step at a time · Imagine with the whole day in front of you what would I like to do today? · Find the inner strength to make my decisions and believe in my ability

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Debbie Crouch


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