Journaling Benefits & What to Write About

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Hey everyone! Its been a while since I’ve written, wow! I struggle with falling asleep, and I know many of us do. Thoughts constantly racing through our minds, caffeine, anxiety- whatever! I usually find that I can’t turn my mind off. Last night was especially hard because I’ve been working on some really tough software projects for school. It’s extra unfair because my fiancé falls asleep before his head even hits the pillow, so there I am wide awake with only myself to talk to (lol) so I decided to see if writing would help me sleep.

You may have read a post I did a while ago about keeping a “grateful journal,” and this is kinda similar! I pulled out my grateful journal that to my horror I hadn’t written in for 5 months, and I decided to start again; this time I changed the questions a little bit:

  1. Three things that excite me about tomorrow
  2. 3 Things I’m thankful for at this moment
  3. 3 Things I’m proud of myself for today
  4. 1 Thing I did for others
  5. 2 Things I did today that were healthy
  6. 3 Things I promise to myself I’ll do tomorrow

SO, since I have such a hard time sleeping, it’s also tough to wake up some mornings. What I find is that if the night before I’ve mentally prepped myself for the things I’m excited for and what I plan to do the next day, I’m generally in a better mood when I wake up.

Also having written things I did that made myself proud, I felt better about my school work, my parenting etc. Rather than going to bed with any stress, I relieve myself of it with POSITIVE THOUGHTS. I believe filling your head with positivity is huge before going to bed!

Another aspect to this is that I’m a firm believer you’ve gotta write stuff out with a pen and paper. I think it does more for you mentally, and something about keeping an actually journal is just fun. I think it’d be even better to have a set of night-time questions, and a set for right when you wake up in the morning! It’d be a great way to start your day. In the book “The Compound Effect” by Darren Hardy, he explains how he starts each day by writing down the people he wants to “mentally send love to” that day, and also the reasons why he loves his wife. I. LOVE. THAT.

So yes, you guessed it…after I did this little project, I fell asleep immediately. And, to further support my claim, I accomplished some pretty difficult homework tasks this morning already, went for a run, and wrote this post 🙂

 

 

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