As I walk through this recovery process of healing my soul and mind, I remembered that, years ago, I used to journal. I would write every morning. Many times, it was written as a prayer, or perhaps reflection on scripture. The majority of my writings, however, were just unloading how I felt about things. Women, especially, are so bad to bottle up our feelings. We continue to do the things we think we are supposed to, and stuff it all inside.
What happens to those stuffers? Well, lots of different things. For one, you can end up like I did, almost completely paralyzed by depression and anxiety. Or it may come out in other physical ways such as frequent colds, headaches, stomach issues.
Or, you may one day not be able to hold it in anymore and literally explode at whoever is nearby at the time. None of these are healthy ways to deal with the situations that stress you and cause you pain.
Writing it down doesn’t necessarily solve the problem, but it may help relieve some of the pressure you feel, it may help you get perspective on the situation, and sometimes you may find that it really wasn’t a big deal at all. Or it may help you find the courage and the strength to speak up and confront the situation. And in situations you can do nothing about, journaling is a way of releasing it to God.
Even though I am typing this blog, true journaling seems best when done by hand. There is just something about the words coming from your heart, out through your hand and flowing from the pen onto the paper.
I always like when school starts because I love all the notebooks and journals that are available, so… I think I will go by me a really cool new journal to use on this healing journey.
What about you, how has journaling worked for you?
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