Diary or Journal writing is a fantastic experience. As a written activity you may have to share the passion for the written word, but the benefits outshine the best of reasons not to attempt it. It is an organised activity and this implies organisation in most forms. The Diary/Journal is specifically structured with effective guidelines and prompting questions to illicit the most important information to aid your stress management skills.
It asks of you to be more highly organised, to set a specific time and to create this ‘my time’ as a routine – and thus providing you with a welcome break from the hectic schedule and activities of the day – to take time out and to reflect.
Stress may mean you do not have enough time to get to do everything you need to, and doing your entries at a specifically determined time will help you assert this skill. By making the time for completing entries into the Diary/Journal you develop the ability to make time for important things…your life.
Writing and reflecting on your entries on a daily basis or at a regular time will give that peace of mind that ‘my time’ is a reward. When you adhere to this, you can expand your ‘my time’ if you need, to have more time for yourself or for a particular activity you may wish to do.
Being organised in this way will benefit you in all other aspects of your life. It acknowledges that you are a unique person and validates you as deserving of making time for yourself. It also helps you to develop a much more structured approach to your thinking.
Being organised calls for planning skills, and this is what the Diary/Journal does very effectively. It is structured with planning exercises and to review these at a set time. The feedback that you get from this is that you will be able to know and monitor your progress with the ease of simply recording your entries and reviewing them regularly. It becomes a supportive tool – without the need for dependency and it will guide you to develop effective stress management skills – or expose spec
Your entries will allow you more free time to structure and organise your life activities, on a daily basis and for the duration of the period you are using the diary/journal. Doing these will create a routine, and subsequently you will see the ease and comfort of recording of information – as it will also become much easier in analysing your thoughts and actions. This means you will adjust your responses and behaviours to stressors much easier and this will become second nature to manage your
The most important of information you will enter will become more crystallised as you regularly repeat these incidents causing you stress, and soon definitive patterns about these will emerge. In this way the Diary/ Journal alerts you to ‘triggers and dangers’ for it helps you to structure memories/events/incidents and put these in perspective to you. It helps you to become aware of these patterns and plan for when you should be aware of them. It will highlight which of these are beneficial
The Diary/Journal is effective as it allows you to write your entries, in your own time, and even if you do not feel comfortable talking to someone about your difficulties – you are free to do so in your Stress Diary/Journal. Your Diary/Journal is proof of your progress and growth…
Your entries will make your thought process so much more cohesive and clear, and this will help you in developing more effective thought patterns or ways of thinking. It will be effective in organising your thoughts for an important meeting, communication with others or to get that raise!
Whilst a passive activity – this Diary/Journal does help you to be more assertive in your communication, simply because it highlights the stressors imposed on you, or that you’re unconsciously imposing on yourself – and then with this realisation, to change it.
It helps in that you can realize that ‘enough is enough’ and you will change things on a daily basis or for the long term, and this will benefit you managing stressful situations so much better. In its simplistic form it helps you keep track of and be so much more aware of your daily activities – and therefore you will be able to structure your activities and day better. Being aware of this makes planning your day, week and month easier. It also does have significant impact on other areas
The process of Diary/Journal writing is an enriching experience and can be akin to finding your inner self, your thoughts, and to discover the hidden gems [your inherent skills & competencies] that have faded over a period of time. The beauty of using and completing this Diary/Journal program is simply to allow you to uncover these hidden gems, to polish them brightly, put them back inside where they belong…so they [and you] may shine.
Completing this process will help you develop skills like; patience and a longer concentration span, be more focused, be increasingly aware of what you want, how it should be done and how you will do, or allow it to happen. This is self-empowerment!
This level of concentration helps you developing a strong motivating force, setting targets/goals you want to accomplish in all areas of your life. It will help you to give free expression to yourself, especially to ‘let it all out’ in confidence and privacy at the end of the day, and to be able to control it yourself. This can be amazing. By being able to take this time to create a free space, to slow down your thoughts, to feel you are empowering you and to develop so much more in competen