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Improve Your Self-Esteem with Journaling
Writing a Better You
10/12/2011 3:24:54 PM
I just started keeping a journal. I did this many many years ago and it really helped me, but since then, I've had many obsticles steer me away from doing what I liked most. Keeping a journal is one way to take timeout for myself. I will write in my journal throughout the day. Once a week, I take a look at my accomplishments and tomorrow is another day even if yesterday wasn't the best.
I'm getting back to journaling. It's not that I'm down on myself MOST of the time. I do know that I'm worth the time that I put in to my fitness. I tend to expect a lot of myself and expect a better result than I get sometimes. Mostly I'm just not patient for the end results that I want. Journaling is helping a little. I'm at the point in my weight loss where the issues I've buried in the weight are coming out and I'm dealing with them again. But it's coming. Slowly. =)
I love this article. I've journaled on and off for much of my life, and it was usually helpful in getting out bad and depressing stuff -- but when I started feeling happier, I didn't want to journal anymore; just sitting down to write would actually put me in a worse state of mind. Lately I've been doing better, setting positive goals and writing about gratitude as well as the rough spots -- but this article takes that idea to a new level. Who says I can't write a beautiful book for myself, full of everything that's good about me? It's not as if I'll get a swelled head -- it's too easy to think of what's "wrong" with me! Now I'm motivated to think of what's right instead, and write it down so I can read it to myself when I need a lift. Maybe I'll even get to the point where just sitting down and opening the book makes my heart sing.
I write in a journal, albeit sporadically, and I don't think it's very positive. I usually write about the things that went wrong or the things I did wrong and how I can do better. I guess I figured it was the same thing, but now I see the difference. I'll try this way for now.
The advice is good and the link to the article has good, no better advice. They are, both, time well worth the while reading. I see where my faultlines are and how to make the necessary adjustments to the faults. After the adjustments have been made, they will make an impressionable difference.
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