It’s not a secret that I’ve been out of sorts for a few months. Yes, I suffer HARD from the winter blues (or seasonal depression, whatever you want to call it), but it has never taken a toll on me like this before. I basically don’t feel like my normal self most days. It’s a challenge to get motivated, stay focused, do anything without feeling like I’m running around with my head cut off … not to mention the roller coaster of emotions and mood swings. I think you get the picture. 😉 Writing always has been my ultimate coping mechanism, so when the new year rolled around I decided to start keeping a journal again. It’s kind of incredible what the simple act of putting pen to paper can do for someone, so I want to share a little bit about why weekly journaling helps me stay positive.
I had seen and read about Moorea Seal’s 52 Lists journals before, but the idea of a guided journal never really appealed to me. My journals always had been treated as a winded train-of-thought. Anything and everything that came to mind went into my childhood journals. Why would I change that now?
Well, turns out when you’re feeling anxious/stressed/overwhelmed, it can be difficult to translate that into words that make sense/bring a sense of relief. Plus, the last thing I need is another daily “chore” to keep up with. Nope.
I took a chance on ordering 52 Lists for Happiness – it’s like $12 on Amazon, so why not? Six weeks later, I’m hooked. A guided journal is not at all what I thought it would be. Rather, each week’s list forces me to think and evaluate things that are or aren’t occurring in my life that in turn could be enhancing/blocking happiness and positivity. I sometimes write down things that I don’t even realize I’m thinking or feeling! It has been a little eye-opening, to say the least.
Most of all, these six weeks of lists so far provide a weekly reminder of just how lucky I am. Sure, I don’t have everything I want. Life certainly hasn’t always panned out how I expected. I’m not happy all day, every day (I mean, really – who is?). But you know what? THAT’S OKAY! I’m still grateful for those constant sources of happiness in my life, even if I’m not always showing or recognizing them.
Anyway, the point is that if you’re struggling with emotions or just generally feeling down these days, maybe a guided journal is worth trying. It’s not a miracle worker, but you just might get to the bottom of what’s really bugging you. Or, help you recognize all the good and happiness that does surround you. That’s why weekly journaling helps me stay positive! All Sunday mornings now begin with a cup of coffee and the journal prompt for the week. I can’t wait to look back at the end of 2018 to see how the 52 weeks of happy lists helped me to grow, learn and give myself some grace.
Do you journal? Have you tried the 52 lists?
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