Journaling is good for your soul! And It can help with depression & anxiety
Try to write in a journal daily! Even if it’s just a sentence or two a day! If you however find the concept of journaling weird or cheesy, change your perspective!! Journaling can be whatever in the world you want it to be!
Personally, I try to write in my journal everyday, but I don’t always succeed at that, I would say I succeed at least 3 days of the week on average! But, hey! I’m trying!
Anyway, when I started writing in a journal again as an adult, I couldn’t get the, “Dear Diary” out of my head, even if I wasn’t writing the words, it still felt kind of childish. So I came up with a different way to write in my journal….
I write as if I’m writing a letter to God! And doing my journal this way has been beneficial to me in several different ways:
1 | It strengthens my relationship with God — it makes it less formal, I feel less pressure to say the right thing and do the right thing. I can just talk to God like he is a friend, or a Dad, ultimately it makes the relationship easier for me. Because let’s be honest, it’s difficult to be in a relationship with someone you never see or hear.
2 | I get out all of my worries and problems and ask God for guidance and strength to handle these worries and problems.
3 | I ask God to use me for his work — and if I’m writing consistently then I can clearly see where God is using me.
4 | I can look back and see what prayers were answered & how they were answered.
5 | All the junk that was cluttering up my brain is now out and on paper!
6 | I never post to Facebook things that should have been written in my journal!! (This is a pet peeve of mine! Oversharing on Facebook is a No-No!! Stop venting your problems and issues and complaints to Facebook and write it in a journal instead!)
Make your journal enjoyable for you to write in it, whatever that means for you! It could be that you draw pictures in stead of writing, or that you write in your journal as a letter to your younger self, or to your child. Whatever is going to make the process, more enjoyable and beneficial for you, do it!
If you are interested in trying out my Online Live Journaling, which is where you would write in an app (like you would your journal), that you and I share access to. I use the app Evernote mostly, which is free and very easy to use. After you write your entry and save it, I go in and read it, then write back and give you feedback, encouragement, tips, and suggestions. This is a fairly new service that I have been doing and I have a few clients now who are really enjoying it and I am too! I love being able to help people and to be a part of their journey. I take it extremely seriously and it am very passionate about it. And I really haven’t seen anything else like it, not with a real live person at least!
If you’re interested in trying out my online journaling contact me on Instagram @hillarythesmartioness or Facebook www.facebook.com/thesmartlioness OR just shoot me a text here: 81010 with the message @livej