The Healing Power Of Journalling
It was getting close to midnight, I’d just turned over for what felt like the hundredth time. For the past three hours, thoughts had continued rushing through my mind, it felt like everything I’d ever needed to consider decided to fill my brain at once. After trying everything from meditating to kettle-bell swings and reading, I decided to try one last alternative, that being journaling. So, I took my pen and paper and began writing.
To be honest, what came out didn’t necessarily surprise me, most of what I wrote were thoughts which had been lingering in the back of my mind. Thoughts I knew I needed to address, things that required my attention, stuff I had been putting off for quite some time. Yet, on that night as I tossed and turned those thoughts decided it was time to be acknowledged.
As I continued writing, it felt like I was having a conversation with myself. It felt like two versions of me were talking — the version of me at that moment, and my higher self. It was as though in putting my thoughts to paper and expanding on whatever came to mind, my higher self realised it was okay to step in and give me the clarity I needed, alongside inspiration of what to do next.
After writing for about thirty minutes, I finally felt clear … I’d addressed the lingering thoughts and through journaling, I’d acknowledged what I needed to do so I could step into the version of myself I wanted to be.
The next day as I reflected on the night before, I realised one of the best things we can do for our growth and development is regularly check in with ourselves. To set aside time to listen to our thoughts, to acknowledge our inner-world and to allow ourselves space to think and reflect.
In reviewing what I had written, I also realised how truly powerful journaling can be. Where through the simple act of putting thoughts to paper I had been able to sort, clarify and understand my thoughts and feelings. What’s more, I was also able to uncover and acknowledge thoughts which I wasn’t consciously aware of — both which allowed me to realign myself mentally and emotionally.
For those of you new to journalling or considering it, my only advice would be to write without judgement. To allow yourself to simply be and let yourself expand on whatever comes to mind. You may be surprised by how much you uncover and learn about yourself by doing so.
While journaling showed me how much I love writing, and while it helps me clear my mind on a sleepless night — the most powerful thing it has given me is a way to look internally and connect with myself. To have a safe space to clear my mind, to address and re-frame my thoughts and beliefs, and to allow myself space to truly sit and be me.
Now, I want to hear from you! What are your thoughts on journaling? Do you enjoy it? Let me know in the comments below.