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Journaling To Ease Stress And Anxiety

There is so much power in the act of journaling. It allows us to express ourselves, become more present, and tell our unique stories. In times like these, it also allows us to break up negative thought patterns and bring awareness to the goodness that surrounds us each day. By taking the time to write, using the journal prompts below,  we can put some momentum behind the positive energy we are trying to generate for ourselves and our families.

I encourage you to take a couple of minutes to “See The Good” in your day by following these simple journal prompts. All you need is a piece of paper and a pen.

    1. List three things you are grateful for. These can be as simple as your morning coffee, your cozy robe, or your favorite comfy pants. They can also be bigger things like your home, your family, and your health. Just pick three (or more) no matter how big or small and allow yourself to feel the gratitude as you write them down.
    2. List three things you are looking forward to. I think it’s safe to say we are ALL looking forward to this being over, but for the sake of this exercise list things that you are looking forward to today. Maybe it’s finding out what happens next in the book you are reading, a call with a friend, or going outside for a walk. Reminding yourself that you have things to look forward to each day can be an extremely helpful mental exercise.
    3. List three actions you will take today to feel good. What are three things you can do TODAY that will make you feel good? These should be things that are good for your health and well being. Some examples might include working out, journaling (woop, woop), meditating, taking a walk outside, or soaking in a hot bath. Then make sure you do the actions you list and check them off as you go.

Not only is this something you can do for yourself, it’s a wonderful thing to get your children involved in. Help them set the tone and intentions for the day. Let these spark positive and encouraging conversations with each other. Use this exercise to each them how to see the good when life gets tough.

It’s so easy to let fear and anxiety dominate our thought patterns in challenging times like this and this exercise is a simple and easy way to bring focus back to all of the goodness we have in our lives right now.

Sending you love, strength, happiness, and health.

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