You can JOURNAL your WAY OUT Of A Brain Fog! It sounds suspiciously simple but it works!
Journaling is a mind tool. It helps externalize your emotional reactions to things that happen.
From the moment you wake up in the morning you have a lot in your mind. When you have something stressful going on, you process it in your head, analyze every facet of it over and over up to a point. You get stuck in analysis paralysis mode. That leads to feeling discouraged and overwhelmed.
There is a limit to how much progress you can make before you are in need of a fresh perspective. Get your feelings on paper. Journal to clear your mind.
“Your mind is for having ideas, not holding them.” That’s what David Allen, productivity guru said, in an interview for the Atlantic on Sep. 15, 2014.
Not only does journaling clear your mind, but it can even make physical wounds heal faster. A study from 2013 found that 76% of adults who spent 20 minutes writing about their thoughts and feelings for three consecutive days two weeks before a medically necessary biopsy were fully healed 11 days later. Meanwhile, 58% of the control group had not recovered.
The study concluded that even one hour of writing about distressing events helped participants make sense of the events and reduce distress.
It doesn’t take a big time commitment to reap the benefits of journaling. A study by Karen A. Baikie, Kay Wilhelm showed that expressive writing for 15 to 20 minutes a day three to five times over the course of a four-month period was enough to lower blood pressure and have better liver functionality.
Did you know that journaling used to be a very common daily practice? For example, if you go back in history, you find that the most important things we know about the period of the founding fathers comes from their personal journals. They all had excellent journaling habits! They have left us with voluminous letters, diaries, and papers with first-hand accounts of their personal life and their inner struggles over the most pivotal decisions.
If today you are stressing about stuff, here is how to clear your mind form the clutter:
Follow these four steps:
Step#1: Shift your focus inwards.
Step#2: Listen to your inner voice (or the inner noise in your mind.)
Step#3: Write down the contents of your mind at the moment.
Only stop when everything is on paper.
Step#4: You are in charge of the items on your paper. Select, prioritize or delete.
Journaling has organizing power. By writing you give yourself a vehicle to self expression and deeper understanding of your self and others.
Journal your troubles and you will FEEL BETTER within the hour!
Test it out! You can’t go wrong.
One requirement: you will need pen and paper!
Writing down what is in your mind at the moment.
Don’t forget to date you entries!