Write in a Journal

In this edition of Feel Good Fridays, I’m hear to talk about the benefits of writing in a journal. If you aren’t much a writer, you can draw a picture, or just jot down some ideas and feelings.

This is a post where I try to encourage us to incorporate small ways to make healthy choices and feel good about ourselves even on what appears to the worst day ever.

Writing in a journal is so simple. It has the power to help calm our minds from racing. You can write out a to-do list, which helps you organize your tasks and shows you which ones to prioritize the important ones, and what needs to be done next. You can write about your goals, and how to make them come true. You can use it to keep your goals on track.

It helps reduce stress, while increasing your creativity as well. It’s your journal, so you can decorate it, however you see fits your style. You can decide when and how often you wish to write in it. You can write every day, or weekly. There are no rules, make your own.

Thankful Thursdays #14

It’s another Thursday, which means I talk about the things that I am thankful for.

To be honest, this week seemed to be a bit of a challenge to list the things I am grateful for. I faced many challenges this week, last Thursday I sprained my ankle, and today I learnt that my team, Pittsburgh Steelers won’t be playing during their Sunday game because the team they were originally scheduled to play is dealing with a coronavirus outbreak, and because of this I wouldn’t be able to hang out with my cousin watching some football, to name a few.

  1. Not to sound like I am complaining about what I had wrote, but even though I won’t be able to see my team or my cousin this weekend. I am glad that the NFL is protecting the virus from spreading even more.
  2. My ankle is healing and I am able to put weight on it.
  3. I have received another container of my belongings so I can start sorting through my stuff and be able to live with less stuff.
  4. I had dinner with my boyfriend, my sister, her boyfriend and my niece. That was nice. We also took my niece to the park earlier.
  5. My sleepy tea to help me fall asleep and wash away the day. I have been feeling stressed out as of lately. But I like to think that things will work out eventually. And all of these struggles will all be worthwhile.

What are some of the things you are thankful for this week?

Day 133

Today has been far the most productive I have had in a long time.

I have had a stressful week but I am slowly becoming more positive.

I am eating healthier, I’ve been exercising more and I have been focusing on me more. I feel great!

This week…

1. Continue to eat healthy

2. Exercise

3. Read

Trust Yourself

I will make my own decisions although if necessary I will ask a supportive person to help guide me. Although my supportive person can only give me advice and not make the decision for me. This will help me become my own person.

Making my own decisions without allowing thoughts of what people may say or do be the deciding factor of whether or not I should pursue that. I need to know what is best for me.

This skill will strengthen my independence and slowly breaking away from being codependent and letting the people in my life to control the choices I make.

Today, I will learn to think for myself and to not the opinions of others interfere with my decisions that I would like to pursue.

To Be Creative

Today, I spent some time creating art for my boyfriend so when he comes home from work he will light up.

I enjoy colouring and there is even scientific research that shows it can be used as a meditative exercise.

Also making something like that is a nice gesture and make someone smile.

Today, I will express my creativity to someone I admire. Expressing your creativity is a healthy to let go of stress and unhappy thoughts. You don’t even need to be an artist to do this.

Working Together

Today I was fortunate enough to hang out with my former coworker. Then our best friend, Butterfly showed up and we hung out with him for a bit. That was a lot of fun.

The purpose of our hangout was for me to help my former coworker with his homework. He was grateful that I agreed to help him. He was nice to buy me my chocolate chip muffin, a pumpkin spiced latte and then a hot chocolate. It was delicious. I am so happy that he bought me these delicious snack and beverage.

It was a bit stressful but we have to do one thing at a time and not stress about it too much. Just breathe…

Today, I will not stress bring me down and I will take it one thing at a time.

Inner Child

When times get stressful, you should embrace your inner child. Children live stress-free lives well the hardest decision they have to make is which ice cream flavour they would like to devour.

But they enjoy the simplest things in life, they love to play and they never judge others for anything.

I began thinking these thoughts after spending quality time with my boyfriend’s nephew today. His nephew is adorable. I also had ice cream with my sister later on in the day.

Whilst my boyfriend was walking me to my sister’s he picked a flower from one that was in a hanging basket in a lamp post. That was quite adorable.

Remember it’s okay to colour outside of the lines. Colouring is said to be a beneficial way of dealing with stress. Let go of stress and have fun.

Today in times of stress I will release my stress in a child like kind of way.

Stop Fretting

I have learnt that is never a good idea to worry. But I still do.

I try my best to not worry but I find it unbearable at times. I’m a people-pleaser. I feel like I have to go that extra mile to impress others. If these people aren’t impressed then I feel like I let them down.

I like everything to be done a certain way. I love things to be in order.

But as of lately I have been trying to break free from these thinking habits. I need to learn that nothing good can come from worrying. It’s best to find tranquility. Everything happens as it happens, no need to stress.

Let it all go and be thankful.