Stress affects almost everyone at some time in their lives. For some people, it’s more of a problem with their genetics and for some, it’s due to situations and conditions in their life. Whatever reason you are stressed, congratulations for recognizing it and wanting to do something about it. Here are some good ways to use journaling to combat your stress.
The thing about journaling that’s important is that you need to do it daily, and commit to it for the long term for it to really work. It takes consistent writing and insight to figure out why you’re dealing with stress and how to overcome it in a healthy way.
Go straight to the problem and write about your worries. Describe them from every single angle you can come up with – the more descriptive, the better. Go back to the first time you felt this feeling regarding this topic so that you can get to the bottom of it and brainstorm healthy ways to overcome it.
Put out of your mind what you did, what someone else did, or what can be done – right now, write about precisely what is happening right now, and where you stand with the issue causing your stress. If it’s generalized stress, try to make a list of things that might be contributing to it. You can’t begin to brainstorm a solution until you have a clear view of the problem – all the way down to the foundation of it.
As you look at the situation, one thing that often causes stress is the unknown, or the “worst thing” that you think can happen. Describe this worst thing, but be sure to make it realistic. For example, don’t make up something like an airplane falling on your wedding party – that isn’t realistic, and its very unlikely to happen. However, bad weather, rude in-laws, and other issues may be, and be writing them down, you clear a path to find a solution, or at least a workaround.
Let’s get serious: think about and write about the very best (realistic) outcome of the situation you’re stressing about. Include potential steps and tactics you can use to achieve this best-case scenario, so that you can follow it through to fruition if you so choose.
As you are writing, be very careful to be realistic and honest above all else. Other than when you imagine the best and worst, ensure that you are also documenting the reality of what is happening to you right now, and preferably from a calmer place. That way, you can narrow down your impressions and identify the stress-inducing situation without adding emotional upset to the process.
A really good way to overcome some of the stress around a situation is to argue with yourself. First, tell your story as a letter to yourself about what is happening. Then write a letter back to yourself in answer, arguing all the negativity and turning it into positivity. If your best friend wrote that, what would you say back?
It’s surprising that writing can accomplish so much, but if you go into journaling to help with stress under the right attitude and with a goal in mind, you can achieve a lot.
The important thing is that you need to be honest with yourself so that you can find out the true causes of your stress. In this way, the actions you take to overcome it will be maximally effective, and give you tools you can continue to use as you create and manifest your DivaStyle life.
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