Textile Mixed Media Artist, Teacher, Coach living in a small town in SW Saskatchewan, Canada who ENJOYS Spreading Positive Creativity worldwide. Dale publishes Creative Ramblings, a regular eZine full of inspiration, support & encouragement., and is the Author of soon to be released: My Creative Road Map, a Path to True Happiness.
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Can’t sleep because there are too many things going around in your head….
In our busy lives, there are many things in our brains all day, everyday. Its a wonder anyone gets any sleep. Seriously!
I know that the idea of journaling scares people or people think “How is Journaling going to help me sleep?”
I used to toss and turn trying to get to sleep, as my brain was too full of stuff from the day, the week or things I need to do tomorrow….even worry.
I started with just a cheap composition book from the dollar store and before I went to bed, I would just write everything that came to mind. It didn’t have to make sense and no worries about correct spelling or punctuation. No one has to see it (you can burn it after if you want).
Then, I discovered “The Artist’s Way” by Julia Cameron who is all about “Morning Pages” – 3 full pages of long hand writing (I use a spiral notebooks that I stock up on during school supplies sale season, they are 8.5 X 11). In those 3 pages, I wrote my heart out – anger, worry, depression, you name it, they were full of it and sometimes, the same story everyday for a week. Eventually, I started to see some positives come into the pages….
That is when I started reading about Law of Attraction (Law of Attraction simply says that you attract into your life whatever you think about.) and those nasty beginning pages were burnt & never to be seen again.
These days, the Morning Pages are my first thoughts of the day – sometimes its about what I have to do today, who I have to make sure to call or email, etc. but usually, its how I am feeling.
If you are new to Journaling, start with before bed – clear that brain of yours. Write everything that comes to mind and if it takes an hour, so be it. Fill up as many pages as you need to clear that brain of yours…..
Once, you are finished Journaling, think of the positives in your life right now and how they make you feel…..close your eyes and think of those.
See you in the morning after a restful sleep!
The photo above is from my Art Journal, which I also use for journaling my thoughts.