Reflect with journaling
Updated: Sep 10, 2020
We created the 'Wellness Wednesday' box for a midweek opportunity to pause and reflect with journaling.
So what‘s journaling all about?
Journaling is about learning who we are and who we want to be. Self reflection helps you to go from experiencing to understanding. It gives us the opportunity to question ourselves, think about what we are doing, how it affects us and everything around us. It can be done many different ways. You can find all kinds of tips and templates but we wanted to share with you some of our faves.
Just start, write down whatever comes to mind - get your thoughts, feelings, ideas and fears out of your head and onto the pages.
It doesn't need to be long.
It’s ok to leave sentences or thoughts incomplete.
Make it part of your routine, and it's ok if you miss a day or two. It takes time to establish routines and to train our minds to be reflective.
Feel free to mix it up; use journal prompts (see below), change the format - keep yourself interested and engaged about yourself for yourself.
Write down all the things that made you laugh today
What are you most grateful for in your life?
Who do you look up to the most? Why?
How have you changed in the last 5 years?
When do you feel most in tune with yourself?
How would your closest friends describe you?
What doubts do you currently have? How can you ease them?
Make a list of 30 things that make you happy.
On a scale of 1-10 rate your mental/physical health. Then describe why you gave this rating.
What do you need to forgive yourself for?
Describe your favourite memory
My Journaling Experience
I rabbit on and on about emotional intelligence at work. You gotta know where your buttons are and how hard someone has to push them to tip you over. It helps build resilience to all the stress and frustrations. Let it roll off you like water off a ducks back or at the very least let you keep it together until you can safely debrief/vent.
I learn about my buttons using a reflective journal, it's not just about what annoyed me the most that day, more than that, it’s about how it made me feel, how i responded and how my response affected what happened next. It's good to write it all down, see it from an objective point of view.
Self reflection has helped me both at work and in my personal life. It helps to better my relationship with my partner and close friends. It even helps me to understand how my emotions and behaviours affect my dogs. In turn it allows me to consider my priorities in life and helps me keep the bigger picture in mind.
Share your journaling experience and any tips and tricks with the DSCC Community.