The Therapeutic Process of Journaling

Project Roohie # 17

How is your week going?

Have you been able to fulfil all your weekly goals?

If not, do not worry and do not lose heart. But do not stop trying either. We can improve bit by bit, but consistency is the key to success. Write down your daily and weekly goals in a journal.

Scheduling everything might seem cliched and mechanical, but it is indeed beneficial. Our brain is not crowded with lots of thoughts and this way, we can focus better on one task at a time.

On that note, today’s story from our Project is very personal to me. But I always knew I am going to share this piece of my experience with you all. Hope you find it useful and motivating!

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Although this was a long time ago in 2008-09, it is still very vivid in my memories. I suffered that much.

I had always been a disciplined student in school, thanks to my parents for instilling such values in me during my childhood. After I had done relatively well in the 10th standard, I as well as my parents were clueless regarding the discipline that I would choose for my plus two.

I ended up opting for Sciences as I, like most of us Indians, had fallen prey to the hierarchy of academic disciplines. And the two following years after that decision made me suffer, in academics, emotionally and then physically. I could not grow an interest in my discipline. I felt like a failure and could not express it to anyone in particular.

It was during those bad days, one of my uncles gifted me a journal. I started writing on it- first a few words once a week, then jotting down every feeling that I had every single day. Journaling became my hobby and the journal, my best friend. It helped me unload myself of all my problems. Writing things down made decision making more evident to me. It rescued me from being drowned in the chaos. It made me strong as a human being.

Journaling

I have been keeping a journal ever since. I can work with much more clear head and with greater efficiency now. Baring myself within the pages of my journals have made me understand myself and recognise where my passions lie. I chose to do what I love despite all odds. And I do not regret a single day that I experienced. Now when I read my past days contained in those pages, I realise how necessary it was for me to have lived through everything. I owe my gratitude to the problems I had faced to have triggered me to enter into a whole new motivating world of journaling. And most of all, I thank my uncle for his gift!

Do you keep a journal? Has journaling been a therapeutic experience for you too? Share your experiences with us.

p.c: The Soul Searcher

p.s.: Here are some tips on how to organise your daily to-do list

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Project Roohie is an archive of traditional and contemporary wellness tools and practices rooted in the aesthetics of organic living and sustainability.  We welcome recipes and regimes of self-care, health, and diet from your family, community, and cultural lineages. This is a collaboration project undertaken by The Soul-Searcher with House of Noorie.

Do you have any such wellness stories which have touched your soul? Email us at thesoulsearcher.life@gmail.com. We are waiting to feature them on our blog and Instagram pages.

What do you think of Project Roohie? Like, share and comment if you enjoy reading them. Tell us if they are helping you in anyway. We would love to hear from you.

Happy Soul-Searching!

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Author: The SoulSearcher

The writer is a research scholar in English literature, an avid reader and sucker for life philosophies

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