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Journaling Self Help for Busy People

When you think of self help you might picture groups of people who require urgent stress self help, self-help for depression, or anxiety self help. A self-help group may be incredibly helpful to you, and there is no need to feel embarrassed or wrong if you feel down or stressed and in need of assistance. After all, asking for help is an important sign of strength.

Self-help and recovery are important aspects of everyday life. You can actually apply small self-help techniques to help you to cope more effectively with whatever life throws at you at any given time.

An important avenue for self-help is journaling. Whether you journal on a scrap of paper or into a notebook or beautiful journal is irrelevant. What really matters is your total absorption in the moment. Writing in a journal can be your time to heal. Give yourself permission to just let go and absorb the moment. Allow yourself to feel, dream, think, create, and feel lost in the moment. Since you’re journaling only for yourself, you can ignore spelling, grammar, or propriety. For example, you can “say” things to a person in a journal that you could not say face to face.

Wake up your inner child. Can you still remember how you absorbed the world when you were little? As it happens, many busy people lose their ability to relax because of all the demands placed on them. Be it because of ever-growing pressures of responsibility or a total feeling of being overwhelmed, you can take charge of your life by journaling as self help therapy. Kathleen Adams, author of Journal to the Self calls journaling “The 79 cent therapist.” And if you do decide to work with a therapist or life coach, your journal will be an important tool to enhance the new life you’re learning.

Some suggestions to get started:

·    Buy yourself a notebook (inexpensive composition book, diary, Moleskine, spiral bound notebook, elegant journal, or a diary) that makes you feel excited and hopeful about the new life you’re creating.

·    Pick a time to journal your thoughts, feelings, dreams, hopes, frustrations—whatever shows up on the paper.

·    At the end of the day, you might want to write again or read what you’ve written in your self-help journal for a few minutes.

·    Evoke the creative genius within by going with the flow, so feel free to doodle, write, draw, scrawl, do anything you need to journal your emotions

Find a place that helps you to relax and puts you in the right mood. Some people prefer to journal in bed, while others grab a seat in the morning sun. Others like to write in coffee shops or carry their journal with them. It also helps if no one disturbs you during this special “you time.” Savor it. It’s yours. Enjoy! The pleasure you feel in self-help journaling will draw you back to write again and you’ll begin to look forward to journaling.

As you can see, journaling self-help for depression, stress, or anxiety needn’t be a chore. When you sit with your journal, absorb the moment, reflect, and ponder to your heart’s content. You may even be surprised by what shows up in your writing.

The hardest part of any practice is the beginning. Did you know it can take three weeks to a month to form a new habit? Imagine, a month from now you could already be a regular self help journal writer! Best of all, journaling is ideal for busy people who seek answers to difficult situations in the world, the environment, or the inner self. Self help journaling doesn’t take a huge chunk out of your day, but writing for even a few minutes could make all the difference in coping well with depression, stress, or anxiety.