The one reason you should journal
This week I’ve started a new habit of writing first thing in the morning and last thing before bed. I am the type of person that needs to write, it’s something I need to keep my sanity. It also happens to be something I suck at doing regularly. I’ve kept sporadic journals since I was 12 and I can’t tell you how many pages start with “damn, I need to write more”. I KNOW the benefits, yet I fail to show up to the page and get vulnerable on a regular basis.
Well, as you recall from my post two weeks ago, I’ve been in a bit of a slump. ( I’m sure you can guess what I haven’t been doing. Yup, writing) and I realized I should be writing. And guess what has helped a whole super lot since I started this new practice? Writing!
But here’s why:
I have depression. Shitty thoughts spin around in my head in a neverending loop till I feel like I’m going to scream. These thoughts are convincing as hell that I am a terrible person and therefore going to fail at everything. Naturally.
As I was going about my journaling thang, I literally wrote “I know I have these 10 awesome things going for me BUT waaah, I have these two horrible things happening”. Whaaaat. Girl, you just wrote 10 reasons you should be jumping for joy and think 2 things are worthy of stopping you in your tracks?!
2 things. Over 10.
But these thoughts have been spinning around in my head so fast and screaming so loud I never realized the ridiculousness of it until I had put it down on the page
You see, when you put negative thoughts down on the page, it takes their power away. It reveals how weak and flimsy their lies are.
And well, I think that makes it so worth it.