Reduce Anxiety Around Running A Side Hustle Through A Daily Journal Practice
One of the greatest lies we tell ourselves is that we’re stuck in a rut. However, did you know it’s not only possible to change your situation, but to also change yourself too?
The mind is a powerful thing. It can be our greatest ally or our biggest enemy. The key to reinventing yourself is to gain control over the mind and start living the life you want to live. One way you can do this, is by keeping a journal.
From my mid-teens I have kept some form of a journal whether it be an art journal, a diary or a bullet journal. Now I keep a journal for creative brainstorming in both my business and personal life and I keep an A5 journal for all my mixed media art.
It’s a wonderful outlet especially for me as I suffer from a form of clinical anxiety disorder known as GAD but, the high-functioning kind which can easily go undetected. So it’s extremely important for me to have a creative and reflective outlet as a busy lady boss that runs her own side-hustle.
Here in this post I want to share with you my best tips for creating a daily journal practice that can reduce anxiety and stress. I am in no way certified to provide mental-health clinical advice. What I share is from my own life-experience. These tips can improve your whole mindset and journalling is a form of self ‘Cognitive Behavioural Therapy.’
Tip number 1: Choose the right journal for yourself
Ok, so this one may sound a little silly, but the journal you choose can actually have a significant impact on how effective it is. Your journal is supposed to inspire and motivate you to use it. So, if you don’t absolutely love it, you’re not going to feel very inspired.
Take your time to choose the right journal. Think about its design and how the pages are set out. Do you love it? Can you see yourself writing in it every day? The right journal will make a world of difference. There are so, many types and a great journal design will motivate you to use it.
Tip number 2: Start by writing about the things you’re grateful for
Once you’ve got the right journal, figuring out how to start it can be pretty tough. So, if you’re struggling, start by writing a list of the things you’re grateful for. This can either be done first thing in the morning or last thing in the evening. There are advantages of doing it during both times, so it’s all about what works for you.
All too often, we spend most of our time focusing on the things we don’t have or the things we wish we had. This makes us forget about the positive things we do have. Journaling helps you to focus on the positive things in the here and now, rather than wasting time and energy wishing for something more.
So how can this help you to reinvent yourself? Well, the more positive you are, the easier you’ll find it to make a change. It’s often our own negativity which sets us back in life so anything which makes us become more positive can help us to reinvent ourselves.
Tip number 3: Be absolutely honest in your journal
Journaling isn’t going to help you if you aren’t 100% honest. The trouble is, you may find you spend so much time hiding how you really feel, that being 100% honest about your thoughts and feelings can be difficult to start with. You need to remember that your journal is a safe place. It’s a non-judgmental space which enables you to say exactly how you feel with no repercussions or judgements.
Once you’re totally honest about your thoughts and feelings and what you want from life, you’ll be able to see what you need to do in order to change.
Tip number 4: Write down your biggest goals
Use the journal to write down what it is you want to achieve. This can be done in the form of short term and long-term goals. It’s important to see the big picture. Where do you want to be in 3-5 years and how could you potentially get there?
Writing down your goals both personal life and business can help you identify the steps you need to take to make a change.
Tip number 5: Make it a daily routine or practice
It’s important to use your journal daily. Set up a daily routine where you write in your journal at a specific time. Once you’ve gotten used to writing and brainstorming in the journal, it will become an automatic daily habit.
As with anything, in order to reinvent yourself you need to be persistent and committed. So, be sure to write in your journal every single day.
These are just 5 ways that you can reduce your anxiety through a journaling practice. The more you do it, the more changes you’ll start to see both in how you feel and how you act. I am 100% certain that a journal will help you to reduce your stress and anxiety if you make it part of your daily routine.
It can also improve your focus and generate creative brainstorming which is crucial for busy CEOs and boss ladies. Often, I will use my journal to brainstorm blog post ideas or even a whole product launch. If you are a busy boss lady who has high functioning or clinical anxiety, then definitely give this a try. Other ways you can use your journal are for brainstorming ideas or jotting down positive affirmations. I just know you’ll love this practice as much as I do!
I want you to know that you certainly do have the skills, talents and drive to run your business. I’m on a mission to see more women realise their full potential and start an online business. Despite life’s challenges and struggles you got this! Start where you are at and build your business as you go. Don’t over complicate it. Simplify, brainstorm or journal your business ideas and go make it happen.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Amber of Lady Boss Nomad and Business Group inspires women with useful tips, resources, motivation & encouragement to help your digital business thrive. She helps female entrepreneurs launch a digital business. This service is for those who already have digital products but just need a robust platform or for newbies needing ideas on which digital products to sell, she goes through ebooks, eCourses, printable’s etc. She can offer guidance on the best tools and resources for digital businesses and blog about product launching, marketing and sales page creation.
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