Journaling – Part IV: Journaling for Anxiety

Journaling – Part IV
Journaling for Anxiety: How to Let Go of What Wants to Stay

Desperate times call for desperate measures (or so they say). But how do you not be desperate in the time of uncertainty? When not everything seems certain, one thing you must know for sure: you always have yourself to depend on.

‘Gee, thanks, I also have a husband, and three kids, and my cat seems to be getting sick, and I am going crazy because I don’t know what tomorrow brings – what do you mean I always have myself to depend on?’, you may ask (hopefully, your family and cat are fine). You sound a bit stressed and even anxious, let’s take care of it.

You see, exhausting yourself and panicking help solve no problems. So how about ‘desperate times call for creative measures’?

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I am glad you agree that any problems can only be handled with an objective and sound mind that is in peace so let’s try to help ourselves let go of what is not serving us by writing it down. Take a look at a few prompts that could help us with that:

  1. I choose to let go of the things I cannot control, mainly…
  2. I may not know everything and have all the answers, so I allow myself to be uncertain about…
  3. I am a warrior, I have always overcome all adversities on my way, including…
  4. I am kind to myself and I promise myself to be more mindful of my emotions by…
  5. I love myself so I won’t allow these circumstances to bring me down because…
  6. I value my negative emotions too because they have taught me…
  7. I deserve to guard my peace, since to me happiness means…
  8. I allow the fear I am feeling to motivate me to…
  9. I am patient with myself so I can be … with/for others
  10. I am grateful for…

Hopefully, these simple, yet complex questions inspire you to connect to your inner child and know that you are always protected. Return to your joy, happiness and bliss. Value your authentic expressions – even not the most positive ones. Do not fear inconveniencing others with your feelings yet understand how valuable and precious they truly are.

Sylvie Bowden
Written in collaboration with Myroslava Balakhtar