Saturday, 31 August 2019

Journaling - 1 Year On.

Hello everyone! Just wanted to give you a little post today to make up for the lack of one the other week. I try and put out 4 posts a week which leaves me with an expected amount each month, I'm currently standing at one short of what I should've put out this month and as tomorrow is September, I wanted to rectify the situation.

So as some of you may know, I started journaling to help me deal with my postnatal depression. I write in my journal every single night before bed. This week I hit my 365th consecutive journal entry. That's right, I have been journaling for an entire year now. Crazy! I couldn't believe it and I'm the one who's been writing in it all this time. Hitting 1 year made me stop and reflect on the impact it's had on me. Well, for one, it's definitely become a habit and part of my bed time routine now. I didn't miss an entry even when drunk off my head or staying away from home in Manchester. A feat I'm quite proud of.

However the biggest and most notable thing about my journaling is that it did exactly what it was supposed to do; help me with my postnatal depression. I am definitely 100% out of that dark pit that was PND and now I'm just dealing with the aftermath of it; aka my weight issues. When I first started my journal, I didn't think it would help me recover at all but I was wrong. The more i wrote, the less depressed the posts got. The mood and tone of the posts steadily improved with each passing month. Now I never write about how much I hate myself and think I'm a terrible mother/wife(-to-be). I'm out of those dark woods and write about how I'm working on getting my life back. I write about my plans to return to uni and my struggles with losing weight and our plans for the future. I definitely feel that journaling helped me a lot more than I ever thought it would. The difference in my entries now compared to a year ago are night and day. Journaling was like a silent supporter or an unseen therapist. It's helped me a lot and I don't plan on giving it up any time soon.

I highly recommend journaling to anyone and everyone. It such a simple therapeutic activity that literally anyone can do. I'm so glad I gave it a go.

Until next time,
Alli xo


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