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Journaling through the Holidays
How Personal Writing Can Ease Stress and Bring
The key is - don't forget to take care of yourself during all the busyness! Take a few minutes for meditation or journaling, or perhaps an hour for a morning run or walk, or a good stretch during yoga.
As an avid journal writer, I find that dumping my anxieties out in my personal journal helps clear the space for me to step back and take a look at the bigger picture. This one simple act helps me turn overwhelm on its head and look at it from a different viewpoint.
Here are a few journaling prompts that can support you during a hectic holiday season. They're broken down into categories (based on the type of journal writing prompt).
These are simple statements or questions that help you focus and clarify your writing. Like the diving board at the swimming pool, they provide a jumping-off place.
These are captured images in our mind that freeze a moment in time. They are usually brief (often two or three paragraphs) and focus on the sensory descriptions of an event.
List of 100
Lists are great for clarifying, itemizing, gathering and noticing. Lists of 100 are particularly useful when you want to find out what's going on beneath the surface of an issue or you just want to clear your mind. And it's okay to repeat yourself (it just means it's important)!
Because the whole point of an unsent letter is NOT to send it, you'll benefit from the opportunity to get as angry, sad, swoony, unreasonable, silly or indignant as you want. Unsent letters are a safe, satisfying way to release pent-up energy.
Tapping into Your Inner Wisdom
When we take the time to really go inside ourselves, we always know the right answer. Choose a question (or two) that is relevant to "self" during the holiday season. Some examples are:
Journal writing is an excellent way to ease holiday stress and to minimize or make sense of any pain or loneliness that may surface during this time of year.
Here's to the power of journaling through the holiday season!
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