Today is National Handwriting Day!
Most of us don't write letters by hand, but I write in my journal.
Do you keep a journal? If not, I've got a few good reasons why you might want to start.
Why You Should Keep a Journal
Being the light does not always go smoothly, am I right? Do you ever find yourself trying to figure out why you felt or responded the way you did, when you intended something entirely different?
Me, too! And sometimes trying to think it through just reminds of what happened, which stirs up those same feelings again.
But journaling helps you get the feelings from inside you, onto the paper, and that is likely to help you understand both the feelings and the reactions better. It may even help you think of a better way to respond next time.
Putting the situation in writing may lead you to notice details you didn't see before, that may help you understand what triggered you.
Journaling gives you time to fully explore the way you feel about what happened. And once you figure out why you felt the way you did, that understanding may help you to avoid those negative feelings in the future.
Sometimes your feelings are deep-rooted and go back to things that happened many years ago, so similar situations now trigger similar feelings. Writing and then, reflecting on your journal entries may help you remember what happened in the past so you can understand how it led to what you're feeling now.
Then you can decide if you want to respond differently next time and think through how you might do that.
I often feel a lot better after telling my journal how I feel! And I often find that just writing it out changes my perspective for the better.
Has that ever happened for you? And if you don't journal, do you think it might help if you did?
See you next time!