The Coping Kete

No. 42: Daily Free-Flow

This week, to attain, maintain or regain my sense of wellbeing…

I will keep a daily journal of thoughts, feelings and impressions from the day. This will allow me to ‘sort out’ my thoughts, become aware of what is going on for me and process the things I need to adapt to.

I will need a dedicated notebook to write in and somewhere safe to keep it.

I might need to schedule this in each day in order to get in the habit of doing it and it might take a while to get used to writing.

It doesn’t matter what I write or how I write it, the point is to get in the habit of connecting non-judgmentally with my own inner states and learn ways of expressing them.  Part of accessing support is being able to express our need, and this will be a good way of working on that.  At the same time, writing each day can help to calm racing thoughts and sort out any sense of confusion.  If I am ever finding it difficult to write anything down, I will write down ‘the story of my day’ and finish it off by saying how I feel about that. If I have any further thoughts I can then write those down, in that way start to bring my thoughts and feelings to the surface.

If doing this exercise leads me to think on things that upset or distress me, I will practice self-soothing and mindfulness exercises to comfort myself back to the present, current moment, in which I am safe. I will experiment with different ways of writing about my day until I find a way that allows me to sort out my thoughts without intensifying the distressing aspects of them.

Once I am used to expressing myself in a daily journal, I will add it to my Personal Coping Kete as a way of expressing my thoughts privately during times of stress and distress.

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