Ever had one of those days when you have so much to do that you don’t even know where to begin? Or when you have so many thoughts and emotions swimming in your head that you don’t know which end is up? Or you have no clue what, when or where your time and effort is being spent? I know what it’s like…
When you’re stressed out or something is bothering you, sit down and write. Getting your thoughts on paper helps to identify stressors and to come up with solutions. Plus, it just feels good to get it all out!
If you don’t do so already, I recommend keeping a journal and writing in it regularly. Writing for just 10 to 15 minutes a day can make a huge difference in your stress level and your mind-set. Many people do it online, but also consider it doing it the old-fashion way, pen and paper. Get yourself a notebook and write away.
Need some ideas to get started?
- Your day. Simply writing down a play-by-play of your day can get your thoughts flowing and steer you to other topics.
- Your goals. Writing about the person you want to be and the life you want to live can help you visualize your dreams and come up with a plan for making them real.
- Food & Exercise. Here’s a perfect opportunity for you to monitor and see how much and what you eat and exercise during the days. It can be a way for you to find out if you’re really putting in the effort that you think you are, or just keeping track of it to see what works and what doesn’t.
- Specific problems or worries. Write about the things that stress you out or events that have upset you in the past. Describe how these things make you feel, and why, and brainstorm a list of actions you can take to counter these problems and feel better.
- Priorities and to-do lists. This is a must for all us multitaskers and responsibility jugglers! When you feel overwhelmed, write down all the things you have to do and prioritise them.
- What you’re thankful for. This might sound cheesy, but trust me, it can help you think more positively. Your life will always have room for improvement, of course, but taking time out to acknowledge and appreciate the good things can help you put everything else in perspective.