The Healing Power of Journalling, Part I
"I am anxious, and it soothes me to express myself here.
It is like whispering to one's self and listening at the same time."
— Mina Murray
Hello. How are you feeling today? Have you checked in with yourself?
Self-care is at an all-time high. We saw this quote the other day: "When you see the positive in a negative situation, you win." Even though it has taken a global crisis, in this time we're spending at home with nowhere to go, we finally have an opportunity to go inwards to be with ourselves, take a deeper look at the person we've become, get to know her/him anew, see our life for what it is and isn't, listen to our hearts and re-connect with what we love. Here, now, we can finally stop saying "I don't have time for...". We can finally stop running and start healing — emotionally, mentally, physically and spiritually. We can finally start be-ing.
This is not an easy time, but there is no such thing as meaningless pain. We all have our own ways of coping with stress, anxiety, fear, loneliness and other negative emotions that are challenging us right now. Who we will become when we emerge on the other side is the person who didn't give up, who made the difficult decision every day to grow through it, to take better care of ourselves for us and for the people we're responsible for.
Ultimately, healing is an inside job. And journalling is a good place to start. For us, the journal has been a long-time friend and life-saver, one of the most effective, comforting and simplest tools that has done a world of good for our mental and emotional health. Whether it is to record the day's events, thoughts and feelings, to unburden the mind of noise and clutter, to write an honest letter to ourselves, to confront and release what no longer serves us, such as self-judgement, or to bring attention to what we're grateful for, journalling has also been known and rhapsodised by so many great humans we turn to for inspiration.
In a series of interviews, we invite six women to pen down their thoughts on their journalling journeys and how their lives are richer for this intimate self-care ritual.
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