I started journaling when the second wave of Covid-19 hit India in April 2021. I’m not a daily journal guy even though I would like to make it a daily habit. I journal my thoughts occasionally on Obsidian in digital format using markdown language. I also maintain an Idea Journal in public, a resonance journal in Notion and a private art journal in Obsidian. The only journal I write in physical form is my Stress Journal. I don’t know where I got the idea, but I think I read about it on Twitter (I wish I knew the source so that I could credit it). If you don’t know what journaling is, it’s a self-practice where you record your thoughts and emotions in a diary be it digital or physical.
Do you know what’s common between Albert Einstein, Anne Frank, Marie Curie, Frida Kahlo, Leonardo da Vinci, and Frederick Douglas? They all kept journals.Source:Mintexports
28-06-2021 Stressed due to job hunting 3/501-07-2021 Worried about finding purpose. 1/5 02-07-2021 Stressed due to 3 deadlines in 2 days. 4/5 This is how entries in stress journal look like.
The idea of a stress journal is simple. Any time you face anxiety or stress, write the date and write about the feeling and what triggered it. I usually give it a score out of five to indicate how much it bothers me. Every time I open the journal to write a new entry, I go through all the previous entries. I cross out entries that don’t bother me anymore. This helps me to reflect on times where I have felt stressed, but it was short-lived.
Journaling about stress gives me a perspective of all things that bother me. Sometimes we get stressed about things that aren’t big enough to be anxious about. I had this feeling that I’m stressed all the time but the journal gave me an insight into how stress-free my life is. Even the silly things which bother us are temporary, and it’s a great way to reflect on our thoughts!
Are you planning to keep a stress journal? Check out this journal on Amazon where I write my thoughts.
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