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Why Journaling Has Been So Good For Me

. 3.06.2019 .
Hey guys, how are you? I'm currently sitting in bed, typing this a week before it's supposed to go up. It's election day in Nigeria and I've been following events on Twitter, a lot of things have been really wild and I jus wish I could fast-forward to when the winner is announced even though I already have a hunch about who it'll be as do most people.
Anyways, I mentioned in my previous post that I was planning on writing a post on journaling and here I am, keeping my word. I've always been a worrier and an overthinker but it always only lasted for short periods, we're talking about hours or maybe a day at most. But towards the end of last year, I started worrying about a lot of different things and one week turned to two and then to three and before I knew it, I had deeply rooted anxiety almost constantly. It was so stressful and mentally draining guys, like damn. And the worst part is that, it was completely internal. You couldn't tell from the outside.

One day in late December, Lanaire known online as Verse Writer  (she's so brilliant guys, check out her plays, poems and other creative ventures) tweeted something about how she's so grateful to God for the never ending peace she always feels. I thought to myself, damn I would like a piece of that and so I decided to DM her and ask her about it. We're not close so I was pleasantly surprised when she offered to do a video call and speak to me. She told me a lot but one of the key things she mentioned was journaling. She ensured she held me accountable and gave me a couple of days to buy one and send her a pic of it haha.

I started writing in my journal in January. I have no schedule of when I write neither do I plan what I write, I tend to just go with the flow. I've noticed that I tend to write more when I'm anxious about something. It's just so soothing to put pen to paper and pour out your thoughts to an unbiased and non-judgemental medium. It has also helped me keep track of the things that I've wanted/prayed for and how said things have panned out. For example, at the beginning of February, I wrote about being anxious over a certain thing and I actually felt quite sad that day and miraculously, by the next day the entire thing had been resolved. So I went back to my journal and wrote about it, all happy and grateful. In a sense, it's sort of a gratitude journal and I've been enjoying documenting things.
The only ritual I would say I have is that I always end each entry with three things I'm grateful for and sometimes, a prayer point or two. My favourite part is when something is a prayer point but becomes something to be grateful for by my next entry. There's something very therapeutic about it.

As someone who didn't think journaling was for  her, I'm so glad I decided to take Lanaire's advice and try it. I encourage you to do the same. Try it one more time. And if you're not really the writing type, you can make voice recordings. I used to do that a lot during my A-Levels whenever I felt stressed. I also want to reiterate that me promoting journaling does not mean I believe you shouldn't talk to a professional or someone who cares. In some cases, no amount of journaling will help as much as speaking to someone would. Just wanted to put that out there.

So what do you think guys? Do you journal? Will you give it a try or have you totally written it off?
Hey guys, how are you? I'm currently sitting in bed, typing this a week before it's supposed to go up. It's election day in Nigeria and I've been following events on Twitter, a lot of things have been really wild and I jus wish I could fast-forward to when the winner is announced even though I already have a hunch about who it'll be as do most people.
Anyways, I mentioned in my previous post that I was planning on writing a post on journaling and here I am, keeping my word. I've always been a worrier and an overthinker but it always only lasted for short periods, we're talking about hours or maybe a day at most. But towards the end of last year, I started worrying about a lot of different things and one week turned to two and then to three and before I knew it, I had deeply rooted anxiety almost constantly. It was so stressful and mentally draining guys, like damn. And the worst part is that, it was completely internal. You couldn't tell from the outside.

One day in late December, Lanaire known online as Verse Writer  (she's so brilliant guys, check out her plays, poems and other creative ventures) tweeted something about how she's so grateful to God for the never ending peace she always feels. I thought to myself, damn I would like a piece of that and so I decided to DM her and ask her about it. We're not close so I was pleasantly surprised when she offered to do a video call and speak to me. She told me a lot but one of the key things she mentioned was journaling. She ensured she held me accountable and gave me a couple of days to buy one and send her a pic of it haha.

I started writing in my journal in January. I have no schedule of when I write neither do I plan what I write, I tend to just go with the flow. I've noticed that I tend to write more when I'm anxious about something. It's just so soothing to put pen to paper and pour out your thoughts to an unbiased and non-judgemental medium. It has also helped me keep track of the things that I've wanted/prayed for and how said things have panned out. For example, at the beginning of February, I wrote about being anxious over a certain thing and I actually felt quite sad that day and miraculously, by the next day the entire thing had been resolved. So I went back to my journal and wrote about it, all happy and grateful. In a sense, it's sort of a gratitude journal and I've been enjoying documenting things.
The only ritual I would say I have is that I always end each entry with three things I'm grateful for and sometimes, a prayer point or two. My favourite part is when something is a prayer point but becomes something to be grateful for by my next entry. There's something very therapeutic about it.

As someone who didn't think journaling was for  her, I'm so glad I decided to take Lanaire's advice and try it. I encourage you to do the same. Try it one more time. And if you're not really the writing type, you can make voice recordings. I used to do that a lot during my A-Levels whenever I felt stressed. I also want to reiterate that me promoting journaling does not mean I believe you shouldn't talk to a professional or someone who cares. In some cases, no amount of journaling will help as much as speaking to someone would. Just wanted to put that out there.

So what do you think guys? Do you journal? Will you give it a try or have you totally written it off?

23 comments

  1. Wow Lanaire sounds like an AMAZING human being! I'm so inspired be the support she showed. // I like to think of blogging as my form of journaling. Sometimes it's very personal, and sometimes it's a little more superficial, but I'm fine with that! It's who I am, and anyway, it's tiring being a deep thinker all the time ;D But besides blogging, I have a spare notebook that I write in when I need to just get something out. That notebook isn't about what I've written but about writing; it's not a notebook I use to look back on what I wrote, simply a tool for me to use in the moment. Both writing for my blog and in that notebook is so cathartic :) -Audrey | Brunch at Audrey's

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    1. She really is, she's so lovely! Blogging is definitely a form of journaling, agree with you totally on that. Ooh I love that, "that notebook isn't about what I've written but about writing". I get what you mean, it's just nice to write and not necessarily write so you can go back and read it. Thank you Audrey :)

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  2. I wish I could stay consistent with journaling and I've tried before, but I've never been able to keep up with it. I think post its are going to be the best bet for me! ๐Ÿ˜…

    www.sundaydahlias.com

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    1. That's fair enough to be honest! And post-its sound like a good plan too :)
      Thank you for reading! xx

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  3. I have been journaling since my teens even though I didn't call it journaling. However, I took it more seriously about 4 years ago and just like you, it has brought me peace. I currently own about 6 journals and they all serve different purposes. I have a personal journal, a prayer journal and this year, I got a journal for everything content creation related. It helps me keep my thoughts organized too.

    Lastly, just like you, I'm going to also make it a ritual to end every journal entry with things I'm grateful for and a prayer point because sometimes, I just get lost in anxiety and just scribble away.


    www.sincerelychi.wordpress.com

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    1. Damn girl, you really take this journaling thing seriously. I love it. You should definitely ty the gratitude thing, it has helped me so much! xx

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  4. Oh Yes, Journaling is amazing. I'm always encouraging other to do it.
    www.comfycozyup.com

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    1. Awesome, glad you agree! Thank you for reading :)

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  5. I've never tried a journal, but I think I'd really enjoy it and how therapeutic it is to write everything down xx

    GemmaEtc.com

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    1. You should definitely give it a go, thanks for reading! :)

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  6. I used to journal regularly and it's definitely a habit I want to get into again. Plus it's always nice re-reading old entries!

    ♥︎ Geeky Posh

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    1. I've only been doing it for a short period (journalling, that is) but re-reading old entries is so much fun!

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  7. Wow this is pretty inspirational/.
    Thanks for sharing.

    Much Love,
    BLOG | INSTAGRAM | YOUTUBE

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  8. I've never tried a journal but this is such a good idea!

    Mariya | www.brunetteondemand.com/faux-fur-longline-coat/

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  9. I should journal. I am exactly the kind of person that needs to let out all her feelings and put everything to paper - I find I deal with anxiety and feel overwhelmed a lot. I tried to use my planner to journal, but I don't have enough space. And I would really prefer a planner/journal combo (hey - that's an idea), so that I'm not using 2 or 3 different books. Even THAT frustrates me sometimes - having notes in different places. I want one thing for my life!

    Berry Dakara Blog

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    1. Writing in a journal has really helped me as I feel overwhelmed a lot as well. Haha I think you need to find one of those life planners, they're big but encompass everything. Or you could try a bullet journal. Thanks for stopping by Berry :)

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  10. I think journaling is amazing and I do it every day. It keeps me grounded and I always have the need to express my emotions :')


    Hannah / Words & Latte

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    1. Wow, every day? I wish I had that level of dedication haha. Thank you for stopping by Hannah :)

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  11. Lanire seems like a really nice person!
    Journaling is one of the best things that has happened to me. I started about 5/6 years ago in my first year of med school because I was always frustrated and sad and I’ve continued ever since. I’ve been slacking of late but that’s fine, I tell myself it doesn’t have to be everyday so it doesn’t start feeling like ‘work’ . Once in a while I go back to the entries at the beginning or even from 2 years ago and laugh at myself. It’s just a nice way of decluttering your mind and putting out your many thoughts in one place, no matter how silly, without judgement, unashamedly.
    Before I start rambling, I just want to shout it out, I TOTALLY RECOMMEND IT!

    www.adoseoftola.wordpress.com

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  12. I also writing gratitude journal for every day and it is one of thing that completely change my life! If I have days when I don't feel ok, I just check it and change my emotions when I saw for what I was grateful last week or months!

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  13. It is so wonderful to hear the positive things that the act of journaling has accomplished in your life. I once used to love journaling but became so busy for it. I would love to start writing my thoughts, feelings and especially, the anxieties - the not so pleasant experiences in a written form as a means to reflect. Like you said it really is a form of therapy and I wonder if blogging has replaced now journaling for some people in a sense depending on what their blog topic is about. - www.jamilakyari.com

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I read and appreciate every single comment. I'll definitely check out your blog. ❤

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