What to Do With Your Writing

Alright, you’ve set up your routine, you started journaling. Now what? You have all this material in this journal, what do you do? I’m going to cover three things that you can do with what you’ve written. The first one, absolutely nothing. Yeah, that’s right. You don’t have to do anything with your journal. You don’t have to use this to set goals and monitor them. You don’t have to go back and analyze it. You can just keep writing and not ever go to it. Now remember, in the last video, I actually talked about the story process and how scientists have shown that the pure act of writing helps the healing. This is why it’s so powerful. Even if you never do anything else with it. Doing nothing is okay. You will still get the benefits of journaling. So, especially when you’re first starting out and you’re trying to make this a habit, if you don’t want to do anything with what you’ve written, though, just Keep on journaling. Now, if you actually do want to do something, and you don’t want to do nothing, there’s two things that I recommend. The first one is the Emotional Freedom Technique, otherwise known as tapping. And what this does is helps you calm your amygdala down and rewire the thoughts that are in your brain. So the amygdala is our part of our brain that processes the emotion. So when we’re stressed and we’re tired, or we’re fearful, it’s the amygdala that’s kind of controlling everything. Tapping allows you to calm that down and get back to the logical part of the brain. The reason that this technique is really great with what you’ve journaled on, is let’s say you’ve used the story technique, and you have uncovered an emotion or a limiting belief that’s really triggering some deep emotions like you’re still angry, you’re still upset, you’re sad, you’re confused. The process of tapping will walk you through that story and help you rewrite what is causing you pain. And even if you’re not rewriting a belief, it allows you to calm down and really get to a part of your brain that you can go. Okay, I understand it, I got it. And the great part about tapping is you can do it anywhere at any time. Yes, you. So for those of you who don’t know what it is, you literally tap as you’re talking. And you bring up your emotions and what happened and then what it should feel like and go from there. But you really can do it from anywhere. So you basically what you do is take some of the emotions and the stories of what had happened and start tapping through it. If you are And new to tapping, I recommend you go to either the tapping solution, I believe it’s calm, or YouTube with Brad Yates. And then you can learn the basics and even use some of their tapping scripts to help you really process that that’s a whole nother class on everything. But you can use tapping with what you got from your journal to really help finalize the healing of what you’re dealing with. And the other thing that you can do is take it to your counselor. When I was personally going through my divorce and some really, really hard times, I kept a list of what I discovered in my journal on days as I met with my counselor. This way, I could have the support to dig into what I found, and really get to the core of that because especially if you’re dealing with some bigger emotional healing issues when you’re journaling, it can really help to help another person Kherson help you unpack what you discovered. I like to say that journaling is a cheat counselor. But when you pair the two together and use a counselor, with your journaling, you can grow by leaps and bounds on what you’re working on. So those are the three things you can do now think you’re still getting benefits, tapping and then use it to talk to your counselor.