Keeping a Journal

Keeping a journal has been in practiced for hundreds of years because of the benefits the habit brings. Queen Victoria kept a journal for over 70 years and Dublin born Oscar Wilde stated: “I never travel without my diary.  One should always have something sensational to read on the train.

I call journalling a ‘love letter’ to yourself because when we start writing, we soon discover that we need that ‘love letter’.  Every relationship that we have in our lives radiates with the ripples of whether we love ourselves or not.  And I don’t mean in a narcissistic or self-absorbed way, but in a healthy, honest and self-reflective way. When you journal, you access the left hemisphere of the brain (the logical analytical side) which leaves the right hemisphere of the brain free to create, feel and intuit situations.  Consequently, your whole brain is engaged. 

Journalling has been found to reduce stress, help to get better perspective on situations and help you to know yourself better. Buy a special journal for yourself and keep in somewhere private.  You need the freedom to express yourself, make notes from sessions and reflect on issues that arise.  Often, you will be able to clarify what you are thinking, how you are feeling and identify the next steps to be taken in any situation. 

Put aside 20 minutes every day to write something.  I usually start off with a ‘brain dump’ which is very quickly writing every idea that comes to mind.  Very quickly you will see patterns in how you think, the behaviour that stems from those thoughts and the consequences of those actions.  Start today, you will be glad you did.

Stress

Stress - Friend or Foe?

We often think of stress as being bad for us provided it not chronic or excessive. Stress is actually good because it galvanizes us into getting something done with energy.

Excessive and/or chronic stress are a different story.  Our body warns us with nagging headaches, inability to sleep, poor concentration or decreased productivity at work.  

If you don’t do anything about chronic stress, you may be leaving yourself open to unwanted conditions such as high blood pressure, heart disease and diabetes. 

I always ask clients to check with their doctor first to make sure that there isn’t a physical cause for the symptoms they are experiencing.  Hypno-analysis, counselling, brainwork recursive therapy and relaxation techniques such as mindfulness all help to alleviate stress.  Come and have a chat about it.