Final week, I wrote concerning the summer time and the way it’s flying by. This weekend, all the pieces I did jogged my memory of the traditional phrase “time flies whenever you’re having enjoyable.” Whereas it would really feel our lives are shifting sooner than we are able to deal with, that may additionally imply we’re doing issues we get pleasure from and are with individuals we love. And although these emotions of enjoyment may be fleeting, being intentional about feeling them can really go a good distance towards long-term well being and wellness.
If I’ve written it as soon as I’ve written it 100 occasions on this weblog – I’m not good at journaling. I want I used to be as a result of I actually get pleasure from it, however I’ve by no means been capable of make a behavior of it. Nonetheless, although it’s not one thing I do as a lot as I’d like, I nonetheless reap the advantages every time I make the time (or have the reminiscence expertise) to journal. That’s as a result of for me, writing out ideas and emotions makes them actual in a means that I don’t expertise in different components of my life.
There are lots of advantages to journaling (preserve a watch out for a put up later this week to be taught extra about that!), however that is an important one for me. Through the years my melancholy and anxiousness have created a selective reminiscence, and it’s not all that optimistic. I generally tend to filter out the great recollections, and cognitive distortions can lead my mind to have an intuition to recall dangerous recollections a lot faster. However writing down these good recollections immediately challenges that.
By writing down my good moments and recollections I’m immediately difficult the notion that life isn’t good or each second is terrible, an instinctual thought I’ve been fast to lean on earlier than. There’s additionally a way of permanence I get after I see one thing written down on paper — however that would simply be the author in me.
Even when it’s solely occasionally, I hope writing these moments down offers a strong basis I can flip to in occasions of disaster. By offering strong proof of optimistic moments, of emotions of pleasure and happiness, I can push again towards the narrative my melancholy creates. I can quiet the voices of tension in my head. I can develop stronger as I purpose to turn out to be as mentally wholesome as potential. And I don’t must make something disappear as a way to do this.