When it comes to journaling, some people find it backdated because it is the generation of blogs and vlogs. We like to capture more than writing down. The camera attracts us more than paper. But I would like to say that sometimes try to sit down and try to arrange the thoughts you have within you. That would help you to find yourself better and then try to pen down your thoughts one by one. Try to write down whatever you remember about your day. This is called journaling or writing a diary. If great diarists like Samuel Pepys and Anne Frank would never attempt to write a diary, then we would never come to know about their personal side of history. According to Anne Frank, she loved writing journals because the paper was not talkative, it was a silent listener and never complained about anything. Paper was her best friend.
Journaling helps to relieve stress too. You understand this when you have a detailed study on this matter. We are presenting before you an interview which will let you analyze the role of journaling in stress management which is very important in this pandemic situation.
This is an interview with a psychologist taken by a student:
Gaurav: Good morning, Dr. Brown. Nice to meet you, I hope you are ready for this interview?
Dr. Brown: Happy to meet you too. I hope I make this interview interesting and useful for the readers.
Gaurav: Sir, we would like to know that during this pandemic is it a good idea to start writing journals?
Dr. Brown: From a psychologist’s point of view, I would say journaling is a very good option for stress management. You can say that it is one of the best ways to manage your stress as you can dump your anger, frustration, pain, and anxiety in the journal. You might ask anyone who writes daily journals and find one thing in common. They will definitely say that journaling is helping them negative self-talk and behavior.
Gaurav: Can you give some more details on how writing down our thoughts alleviate stress?
Dr. Brown: Journaling helps to clear your mind from other thoughts and focus on what you think and what your opinion is on the day you have spent. Especially at the time of COVID-19, it is very important to focus on oneself. It forces you to focus on your internal awareness of the present. By, doing this you might get focused on what is more important to you and that would help to reduce your stress.
Dr. Brown: There are a lot of studies that show that stress management is a big factor, but there are also studies that prove that journaling helps a lot in managing stress. A study conducted in 2011 had asked a group of students with negative behavior to note down their views on what troubles them. The other group of students who also had the same problem was not asked to write down anything. After a few days, changes were noticed. The researchers noticed that students who noted down their views faced less trouble after writing down. But the other group of students had no change in their behavior. This proves that journaling helps in temporary stress management as thoughts can be regenerated.
Gaurav: Are there any specific tips you would recommend for journaling?
Dr. Brown: If you are not a regular journal writer, then it might be awkward for you to start writing suddenly. In that case, you might follow certain tips:
- Start writing whatever you want to. The journal you are writing is only for you. No one will give a check and find out grammatical errors or will not check the flow of words. Just write whatever you feel like writing.
- Maintain time. Write periodically. Have a writing time, I would prefer to write at night before going to bed. At this time, you have all the information of the entire day and you can jot down randomly whatever feeling you had throughout the day. This will gradually become a habit.
- Keep a normal diary. You don’t need to have fancy journal diaries to write the journal. Remember, you are writing journals to take a break from your life and looking back to the day you have been through. Ferris Bueller once said “Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.” This line itself means to look back and recollect the memories and writing journals is a form of recollecting memories and storing them.
- Start writing whatever you want to write and gradually you will feel your inner-self better as the day passes by.
Gaurav: Do you recommend any special type of bullet journaling?
Dr. Brown: Yes. I would prefer and recommend bullet journaling.
Gaurav: Why would you recommend bullet journaling? Can you briefly explain?
Dr. Brown: See, when it comes to journaling, every individual will want to jot down the important and effective points of the day. That will only reduce their stress and make them focus on what is more important to them. Basically, they will start learning to choose their priorities. The concept of bullet journaling to note down the day plans or monthly plans according to your need. So this kind of journaling is productive and lets you reach your personal and professional goals. If noted visually, it seems more organized with bullet points, dashes, and other symbols.
Gaurav: How does it help in reducing stress during this pandemic?
Dr. Brown: When talking about the pandemic, one thing that comes into our mind is quarantine. And in this lockdown situation, it is very important for us to keep ourselves calm and act accordingly. Most youths are getting depressed as they are unable to meet their friends or go out and have fun. In this situation, if they start writing journals, they can figure out what they can focus on. Bullet journaling will help them a lot to organize themselves and concentrate on their work better.
Gaurav: Thank you, Sir, for your views and your precious time. I hope will help the readers to understand the benefits of writing journals.
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