Okay, it’s Halloween. This is a great time of year. If you have a family there is so much to do with the little ones. This is also a time of year when the days are getting shorter, the nights are getting longer, we have the holidays to begin thinking about…
If you are prone to anxiety and worry, this may be a vulnerable time for you.
Today or tonight I invite you to write a list of things in your journal that you are currently scared of, concerned about, worried about, etc.
What is making your gut feel a little funny these days? If there are things going on in your life or the world that are stressing you, write them down.
When these things prey on our minds it can affect our mental states, affecting not only how well we sleep at night but how well we function by day.
Writing things down often helps me put things into perspective. I know that if left to just thinking about thinks I get overwhelmed and my mind is very
good at amplifying my worries (making them feel much larger than life- not a good thing!)
This is a personal journal entry, so I will share just a few things that I would list this morning-
My current fears,worries, concerns (or what is giving my stomach flutters right now)
1. My fear of not getting everything done at work that I am supposed to get done
2. that I am not a good enough_______ (I have a lot I could fill in this blank with: teacher, mother, daughter, friend, writer)
3. I will not have enough money when I am older
These are just a few to help us get started.
Now, if there is one thing that is really gnawing at me, I will work on rewriting it in a positive way in my journal.
For instance, if I write the statement: I am not a good enough mother. Well, I might even draw a giant X on that statement and write instead: I am a
terrific mother and this is why: (list all of my wonderful maternal traits here)
Once all of this is out on paper, 99% of the time I feel much better and will sleep better too.
You try it!
What spooks you? Write it down. Take a look at those fears. Face them straight on and they will no longer be able to haunt you.
Writing does the heart, spirit, and body a lot of good. How can we benefit from writing?
1. Alleviate stress: write down your worries. Or write a to do list and take action on something that is bothering you. Cross it off the list. This will greatly reduce stress and anxiety.
2. Get your creative juices going: being creative and getting in the flow is so good for our spirits. We are truly in the now and glad to be alive. Try it!
3. Writing nurtures our spiritual lives. I find at quiet times when I am feeling contemplative I write and feel very close to God.
4. Writing is great for our relationships. Write your sweetie a little love note. Write to a parent or friend a letter of appreciation. As a teacher I find it is very powerful to write notes to my students.
5. Writing helps make our dreams come true. Visualize what you want. Don’t just think about it though- write it down! There is something powerful about getting things down on paper that we want. It seems to get our intentions out there and sets the universe in motion.
I will stop here for now.
Have a beautiful day, write away!
Debra : )