During this time of uncertainty, where are minds can quickly escape to anxiety and fear. I am reminded that I need to take a mental break. I am naturally an overthinker, so writing my thoughts down can be quite overwhelming. So, I have never been one to really sit down and take a mental break but it was one of my goals during this new transitional stay at home order that I decided to take more control over my day and have at least two breaks per day where I would journal. I would just make the time to write down my thoughts and feelings for myself, not having to perfect every little thing or how it sounded, but just to write. Being able to actually take the time, even 3-5 minutes to write my thoughts and feelings down seemed a little overwhelming to me at first. This was a goal, so I was determined to complete at least one month of journaling. The first week, I tried a couple different planners laying around my house. Ones that I had given to my teen daughter that she never used or random ones that I had bought in the past and never used. I honestly was struggling to complete even the 3-5 minute task the first week as I feel like I had so much on my mind, I didn’t know how to assemble them on paper.
I decided to check out journals online and found this adorable Peony flower Happy Planner. This style of Happy Planner helped me to remember to take a moment and BE PRESENT in the moment!! Unlike many other planners, this one helps a busy thinker like myself. Take a few minutes to unwind this chaotic ball of mixed up emotions and to just write and not overthink things. The goals was just for me to sit, take a short break, to become more thankful, grateful, and joyful.
I started small, beginning to journal small pieces of my day. I would take less than 5 minutes every afternoon and evening to help me be more appreciative of my blessings throughout the day. Eventually journaling became easier and easier and I began to enjoy it more. The hybrid planner portion of this planner was very helpful for me. It helped me focus and to create a goal each day. I liked the size and how colorful and eye-catching this journal was. I have been through a handful of other journals in the past. Some small enough to fit in my purse, others super large. This one was eye catching to help me remember.
This was a great option for a busy full-time working mom of three kids to help in all the busy seasons of life. With 3 kids in various activities, work life, social life, etc., it’s hard to keep it all organized. This helps guide me through the chaos of the week as well as stopping to celebrate the little moments-the wins of the day. This particular Happy Journal was like a traditional journal+palanner+gratitude journal-all in one.
I noticed more positivity in my day. I would even write how my son’s soccer team celebrated after a game at the local pizza place and how many goals he made. Now those are the times I want to remember! Having a helpful solution to writing down amazing and memorable occasions was just what I need. It helped me to realize I needed to find more reasons to celebrate the small successes and wins in each day.
I encouraged my teen daughter to start taking a few minutes a day to journal and this is the journal she chose.
What would journaling look like in your life?