Many thoughts went through my mind during cancer, and journaling allowed me to organize them and helped me to feel better.
One thing I always say is that, everyone isn’t a writer, but everyone can find something to write about. I’m a person who is a natural “talker” so I guess you can say I’m a natural “writer” as well.
During my cancer journey with peritoneal mesothelioma, I’ve learned a lot of things to help me get through challenging times. One of the things is what I like to call “brain dumping,” which is pretty much another phrase for journaling. You will see me use these two words interchangeable throughout this article. Brain dumping is when you take a moment to write your thoughts, feelings and or ideas.
In the midst of cancer, so many things went through my head. There were many things to remember, medications to keep up with, you name it. But then there’s other things that played in my mind such as fear, anxiety and my future. Brain dumping helped me to not only keep up with things, but it helped me get things off my mind. When I felt overwhelmed journaling enabled me to think more clearly and ease my anxiety. I look at it as a mindfulness exercise.
Here’sI got started with journaling, and my advice for others:
My reasons why you should start journaling
More than a decade after cancer, I continue to brain dump and over the years have added many journals and pens to my collection. It’s become apart of my weekly routine.
Try journaling and remember that you’re doing something good for your mind and body. It’s simple and there’s no right or wrong way to do it. Figure out what works best for you and practice that. You will thank me later after you’ve started journaling.
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