ARTICLE 7: JOURNAL, DOODLE, DAYDREAM
MILLION DOLLAR QUESTION: If you could close your eyes tonight and wake up tomorrow morning with the perfect life. What would it look like? Really close your eyes, find a nice quiet space for a few minutes, and really think about the answer to this question. BUT… BUT…don’t ask questions. Just daydream and visualize the perfect day in your perfect life
What does it look like? Where are you? Who are you with? Etc, etc. Use these prompts below to dream it all.
WHERE YOU ARE?
WHAT DOES IT LOOK LIKE?
WHAT YOU’RE FEELING?
WHAT YOU’RE THINKING?
WHAT MAKES YOU FEEL GOOD?
Have you ever journaled? Do you journal now? There are soooo many benefits of journaling.
Journaling is a great way to work through what’s going on in your life on a daily basis. You can write out your anxieties, thoughts, dreams, and by putting them on paper, it helps to process and can lead to feeling less stressed and/or anxious, and more focused and proud, etc.
Quick History of Journaling: Did you know journaling has been around for hundreds of years? Though written records and journals, we have learned so much about our history.
Today, journaling has become a way for people not just to express themselves but also to learn more about themselves. By keeping your own journal, you are also going to experience a lot of benefits, especially if you write in it on a regular basis.
For starters, journaling can help you clarify goals for your life, provide a method for writing down positive affirmations, ideas, achievements, stumbling blocks, memories, fears, anxieties, dreams, wishes, favorite things, gratitude, relationships, funny stories.
THERE IS NO WRONG WAY TO JOURNAL.
JOURNALING is a self-healing strategy that you can do in your own spare time — and you can focus on areas you want to work on.
Journaling, for example, can help in simplifying your life. Many of us may be guilty of making life more complicated than it needs to be.
There is a gazillion of things that have to be completed every day but if you will take some time to sit down and write in your journal, you will be amazed how you will start seeing the things that really matter in your life.
Journaling allows you to learn more about yourself. Through your actions and experiences, you can clarify where you stand, how you feel, things that give you joy, relationships, family, etc.
There are MANY types of journals out there to choose from. Remember you don’t need a fancy or pretty book to journal. Any method of writing that works for you will be just fine.
Maybe you like to type. You could keep a journal on your computer, a notebook you already have. Remember, there is NO wrong Way!
Some journals are blank, meaning they are a lined book of pages to write in. You have the freedom to record your thoughts and feelings, hopes and dreams as you see fit.
Other types of journals have specific themes, like a gratitude journal, health journal, goals, motivation, etc.
These types of journals offer what is called “Writing Prompts”. They meant to get you thinking and feeling about specific topics and areas to improve your overall health, well-being, or life. Journal prompts guide you to focus on an area you want to improve upon… the force you to think about things you may not ordinarily think about.
You can even create your own journal prompts for yourself by writing down questions that are important to you, memories that make you feel happy, things you are grateful for.
Doodle, good old-fashioned doodling. Such a great stress reliever! You’re pressed for time, don’t know how you’re going to squeeze in time for any self-healing, but now you find yourself sitting in traffic, or on hold with the cable company (can you relate?). DOODLE! Just grab a pen or pencil or pretty glitter gel marker and start any design, line, picture — whatever you want! Doodle away!
Use daydreaming to “VISUALIZE TO MATERIALIZE”, meaning daydream about your perfect day, life, vacation, bank account, car, relationship, favorite time of year, weather, flowers. DAYDREAM IT ALL! This is where we start to move from “what we want” to “what we are materializing”. Note that sometimes when daydreaming, a little negative thought, fear, anxiety, etc, might try to sneak itself in there. Visualize smacking that stuff right out of the way. It’s not allowed here. This is YOUR Daydream time, and it can become your favorite 60 second relaxation technique. Use it to give yourself the ability to re-set and re-fresh.