Think in Ink

How journaling can improve our mental health

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Think in Ink

As a New Year begins, there is one thing I’d like to do more of – journal. Last year, I did more than ever, which is no surprise given the ‘unprecedented times’ we were all faced with. Journaling is something I want to continue with this year as a daily practice, and for a minimum of 4 weeks, as home schooling continues in our household, I am dedicating ½ hour every weekday 8.30-9am when I would normally do the school run to my ‘thinking in ink’ time and I would love for you to join me.

 

For me, journaling is a healthy place where I can express my thoughts and feelings on paper with no judgement, it’s proven to reduce levels of stress, anxiety and or depression as journaling helps us process and release our emotions. It’s an outlet where we can all open up privately (or share of you wish), it allows you to check in with yourself, see what’s working and what’s not.  

 

A lot of the time I don’t even know what I’m going to write but making the time for ½ hour a day makes a HUGE difference to the rest of my day. I’m inviting you to join me on zoom (with or without camera on). You can find the zoom link here https://fb.me/e/1sjsTpQBC

 

If you’re not ready to join me on zoom just yet, here are some useful tips to get you started:

 

  • Make it easy for yourself, use prompts if it helps get you started (suggested prompts – what do I want to achieve today, how can I make it better than yesterday, what am I grateful for). I know some people that simply start with, ‘I don’t even know where to begin or what to write today’. As soon as they see pen on paper it can encourage more thoughts to arrive
  • Write whatever thoughts and feelings you have. There’s no right or wrong when it comes to journaling. Definitely don’t worry about your spelling or grammar
  • Write everyday
  • Try doing it at the same time everyday
  • Have low expectations and start small, stop before you lose all of your thoughts, don’t feel like you need to write everything, if you don’t want to write about something – DON’T!! There is no wrong way to journal.
  • Follow my Facebook group for more tips and advice on journaling https://www.facebook.com/groups/223864179327829

Nikki Peterson

In-house coach at Psychologies Magazine , TigerBee Coaching

As well as In-House Coach at Psychologies Magazine, I have my own coaching practice and I help people who are going through a period of change, loss or grief (both living losses and the death of a person). If this is causing you stress, anxiety and or overwhelm. I will help you to rediscover yourself by giving you the time to think and be heard. As a result, you will feel more confident and more resilient so you can make better decisions that work for you and suit you. As we go through the challenging times of Covid-19, I am offering 'coaching by donation' appointments, it’s a challenging time and I don’t want cost to be a barrier to coaching. I have worked across the following sectors: Media, Charity, Entertainment, Technology, Wellness, Education, Professional & Financial services and Retail & Consumer. I am available in person, by phone or video call. If you or your organisation are looking to create growth & success please get in touch to discuss your needs; nikki.peterson@tigerbeecoaching.co.uk or 07825 561680