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How journaling can help heal burnout

Updated: Aug 23, 2022

While you may perceive journaling as writing your daily routine into your favourite diary, it provides you with much more of a healing experience for your soul. When you gradually get mentally, physically, and spiritually drained, you might be exhausting yourselves into burnout.

Burnout is a slow process, leaving your soul tired and sick. Through the soulful exercise of journaling, you break down your thoughts into several pieces of art and journal them into existence. This way, you get to unload stress and release the exhausted, drained, and negative energies of your mind and soul.

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Bien Etre and The Science of Journaling

The perfect thing about journaling is how it is linked to Bien Etre, the sense of your well-being. When you are dealing with symptoms of burnout, it is because you are demanding too much of yourselves, ignoring the essence of your well-being, and investing too little in the things that bring you joy and peace.

Journaling helps you heal this exhausting phase by focusing on mindfulness and consciousness and maintaining better wellness habits. You gain control over your unpredictable and chaotic life when you guide your soul mindfully. The basic science of journaling states that it is an expert exercise that integrates your emotions with mindfulness.

Journaling engages your left and right hemispheres of the brain, helping you to develop simple insights into your complex ideas, feelings, and thoughts. Getting into the habit of journaling directs you toward the path of mental, emotional, physical, and spiritual well-being.

Five Benefits of Journaling For Your Burnout

When you are already tired, it is not easy to pick up journaling and write about your heart and all of your complex feelings. But with the benefits you gain when you show courage and transform your stressful emotions into art on paper, you gradually start to heal.

Here are five benefits of journaling that help heal your burnout:

  • It helps you in healing through grief and brooding.

  • Your mental distress decreases, along with reduced anxiety.

  • It gives you the courage to reach out, open up, and ask for support.

  • Thorough journaling creates awareness and regulates your emotions.

  • It helps with your physical healing and speeds it up.

No matter how drained and sick your burnout makes you feel, give journaling a consistent chance, and you will see it healing your tired soul.

Two Journaling Techniques That Will Heal Your Burnout

Once you have the will to heal, you can start journaling with baby steps. You can try it out on paper, keeping it simple and focusing on what feels right to your mind and heart.

Two journaling techniques for your well-being are as follows:

  • Authentic Journaling Technique: You can try writing out your feelings and thoughts as honestly as possible. Keeping close to the true nature of your emotions helps you develop authentic insights and overcome the related fears and stress.

  • Mindful Journaling Technique: Try solely dedicating time and energy to your journaling, and be mindfully present with yourself when you are expressing your feelings and thoughts. Scientific evidence supports this, as mindfully journaling stimulates both your left and right hemispheres of the brain. It allows you to be creative and focused while helping you heal.

Other than these soulful journaling techniques, you can try out the AWAKE method, which integrates these two techniques and structured journaling. Journaling through this method provides the most results, helps you heal faster, and improves your well-being with a much more soulful impact.

Seven Journaling Prompts To Support Your Healing

Journaling is an excellent tool that keeps you refreshed after you start your healing journey from burnout. Four beginner-level journaling prompts that help with burnout includes writing about awareness, acceptance, analyzing, and scheduling.

Here are seven refreshing and healing journaling prompts:

  • What support do I need right now? (therapist, social, community, family, friends)

  • What are the things in my life that are not in my hands?

  • What can I choose to celebrate and show gratitude for today?

  • What brings the most purpose and meaning to my life right now?

  • What boundaries do I need to strengthen and look out for more?

  • What do my body and soul need right now?

  • What would I like to do if I had more energy right now?

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