Notebooking for the brain as some may call it, is making a comeback.
Thanks to hectic lifestyle with no distinct line between work and home, many have started prioritizing mental health by allocating some down time for mindfulness practices.
There are various ways in which one can adopt mindfulness practices to express his or her feelings, ideas, or thoughts – writing, talking to someone, drawing, or whichever method that one finds most comfortable in preventing suppressed emotions that could potentially lead to anxiety or depression (Mental Health Org).
Writing, be it bullet journaling or free writing, traditional or digital, is one of the most common approaches to mindfulness practice. In this context, I am talking about ‘reflection‘ journaling than ‘to-do list‘ journaling. Honestly, I was not a big fan of traditional journaling during childhood despite the countless fancy diaries I collected. The fear of having a journal diary being picked up by someone was one of the reasons. Also, there was a time when I was shocked by re-reading one of my old logs after five years: “What on earth went through my head at ten years old?” is still a mystery. Today, I wish I’d continued writing back then so that I could snug into my little brain once in a while.
Gone are those days. I can only recall bits and pieces of memories, instead of enjoying the full episodes of my roller-coaster teenage years. Self-reflection would have been more exciting today.
I felt story exposure was more embarrassing back then compared to today. Not because of the various unexpected content, but the fear of others’ judgement. Self-esteem and confidence do built over time. Three years ago when I started this blog, my purposes have always been to reflect, express my feelings and thoughts, and sharing ideas learned that could be helpful to others. In this sense, it is meant to be a blog or journal on truthful reflections of my life. There ain’t no shy. All because they are written genuinely based on my everyday frame of experiences.
Via blogging, I am able to heighten self-awareness, develop greater self-knowledge and understanding especially when it comes to re-reading previous logs and other writers’ work.
I couldn’t help but stressing how journaling has helped me in removing mental blocks, guiding me to pace out stressful moments, and achieving emotional clarity. All because in order to write, one will have to think rationally rather than rashly. Even with free rash-writing, it will somehow trigger sanity. Truth to be told, I believe in the reflection learning process so much that I ventured into art expression out of curiosity.
So, while many are raving about journaling as a trending topic on pinterest in terms of how beautiful and creative journals can look or a quick cure to lockdown boredom and stress, I hope it is here to stay. Simply because the values journaling can add to overall long term well being is far greater than just a trend of pandemic.