Journaling: For Mental Health? Also A Retirement Tool
Have you considered using journaling for mental health? Also as a retirement tool? Who knew what a good idea it was to have a diary when you were a teenager?
Maybe it seemed important when you were young. However, all too soon most of us abandoned the idea and moved on to whatever caught our attention next. For adults, we know the proper description of the interest in keeping a daily log, becomes journaling.
Good mental health is a key factor for enjoying a healthy and happy retirement. Your mental health will determine the quality of your retirement years for you. Having good mental health is too often taken for granted.
As you enter the retirement phase of your life have you considered adding journaling as a way to measure your mental health? Few people really stop and think about how they can help themselves with this all important transition time in their life.
( Check out this post. In this article, you will find some of the adjustments that this journalist has encountered along her way.)
Most do not know the benefits of this journaling form of looking at your life, habits, and approach to how you live your life. A way of making adjustments that could move you into the direction you want your retirement to take.
This is a tool for making adjustments that could move you into the direction you want your retirement to take.
Everyone thinks they understand the first signs of problems with mental health. The outward actions of others usually are obvious to most of us.
This mental change you notice is the inner reactions that person is will not usually notice. These are generally signs that stress is playing a part in others’ lives. Too often is disregarded as Grandpa being cranky.
Actually, more often it is the result of inner turmoil within one’s own mind. Nothing is right, your day goes crazy.
The change in how you treat others is another sign.
Have you become impatient with your spouse? With the everyday proceedings of the world?
One good outlet for this stress is journaling. Journaling can be a helpful tool when dealing with the changes with retirement. You can also use gardening for mental health improvement. Exercising for mental health is a good idea to consider. You have many ways to work on your mental health. I personally want a balance.
Even though you may think that you have worked through all the ins and outs of retirement time in your life, there are usually some curves that come your way that can be unexpected.
Journaling can provide a good way to check up on yourself to see where you are with the process of adjustment to retirement.
This can be very effective for men
Too many men seem to think this is a foolish way to deal, and maybe it is. But the proof is in the results.
Very well known men and women, many who are doctors working with finding tools to help battle mental illness, find the value of this tool. Journaling is helpful for anyone trying to figure out how to work through their issues.
For managing stress, this tool called journaling can be invaluable to you, your privacy, your wellness.
There is something about getting your feelings and thoughts on paper, there in front of you. You can see these ideas in a more objective way. Maybe you will notice a pattern that you can change the direction of. There may be certain activities precede the stress or even depression that you feel.
Generally, these little triggers are so much a part of your life that they are not even noticeable. It is more a habit, than an actual reaction or on purpose action.
Men usually benefit from this way of dealing with the issues in their lives because it is such a new way of dealing with life for them.
Those men who journal, who are in the habit of keeping a written record of events in their lives already know. Know what? They know already about the familiar bit of comfort that happens when in making that entry on a consistent basis. It gets to be like showering or brushing your teeth.
Habits that make their lives flow better. So being able to handle stress and control the negative results of too much stress is an obvious good result.
The research for this post was very interesting. The reading and following up on the information gave me another reason for getting into the journaling habit. This has been an interesting few days getting ready for this post.
The results have given another reason altogether for getting into the journaling habit. I too wish I had more written documents from my parent’s lives.
Having a reference becomes more important as you live longer, and realize the importance of family. Do you remember the last letter you hand wrote? Are your notes usually texts or emails? There are not as many scraps of your lives left.
With the more mobile lifestyles that so many of you have in today’s world the connection with childhood and growing up is lost. Journaling for mental health can offer a connection that is often experienced in later life.
This written record of your days. The battles you faced, the fears that never became reality. Your kids will someday be going through the same sorts of things with their lives and families.
The problems and issues will take on different shapes and characteristics. However, your actions and reactions to these events could guide your own kids through the paths with your help.
Sometimes reading a journal of your time in your life, when facing some of these trials can bring more insight than all the sharing you can do in person.
Your Written Journal Of Your Journey Could Help Your Families
In today’s everyday world so much physical work is not necessary. Lives are not lived working from “daylight to dark” with no energy for thinking at the end of the day.
As you look forward to living longer lives, there will be more time for quality of life. Would this help? Thinking about writing down the events of the day both fun and eventful as well as the not so eventful? Why not get into the habit?
Most write for the writer’s eyes only. Not to worry. Keep the journals filed away till you are no longer alive. Your life will live only for the one who will take the time to plow through the writing. There will be someone in the family to whom these are, or will be important.
They are the one you are writing for. Them, and yourself. You are the one who will receive the most benefit from this habit. Do not cheat yourself.
How many books have you read that were written by famous men and women?
Those who were able to make the most of their lives?
Each one that is in my personal library all had one thing in common. They kept some sort of written record of their days. They usually called their journals planners.
Folks, those were disguised journals.
At the end of the day, there was an evaluation of the results of the day. Suggestions for corrections for tomorrow. Would you like your legacy changed?
Change your Legacy
Would you like to have a way to make yourself accountable? At this time in our lives, in your retirement years, would a guide from your parents days help you with making your decisions about what you want to spend your retirement years doing?
I was right there for the very last of my parent’s retirement years, helping as much as I could. However, there are so many things I wish I knew.
Mom was the record keeper. Dad not so much. I do not know if he considered himself unable to do the writing, or if he just did not want to do it. This might have revealed the pattern of stress that was appearing as his dementia began to show up in his life.
Real Life Story
Dad went to his death bed disappointed that he had only a 6th-grade education.
In his day and time, the older kids of the family went to work to help take care of the family. My Granddaddy was a “sharecropper.” The very starting place in the farming hierarchy.
He felt a failure that he did not complete school. There were only 11 grades at that time, he would remind me when sharing something about this time in his life.
Even though trials and events had him leaving the area, he always wanted to be back the in familiar country. He always made his way back and stayed till he couldn’t anymore.
I was always proud of his dedication to his family.
How You Can change Your Legacy
Are there some things in your life you want to change? Journaling can furnish a tool to help you make this change possible.
Once you are aware of the areas in your life that guide your daily decisions and choices, you will be able to make some changes. If you want to, of course.
You can make the small changes that make big differences. You can hold yourself accountable. This daily or weekly check-in will make you aware of what has worked, what has not.
This worked for the men and women who were able to make corrections in their lives to enable them to change the world. Make millions to ensure the livelihoods of their families.
If journaling works for them, why not you, and me?
As you get more comfortable with journaling as a helper, what better way to get the kinks worked out of retirement?
Are there areas that could use some improvement? This retirement time is just like any other time in your life. It will benefit with a little planning. Do you find yourself a bit bored with retirement time?
Do you even know what you want to do now that you are retired? Is that what you are doing? Why not?
The benefit of a daily planning session for improving your life at this time can be worked with the benefit of journaling. You can hold yourself accountable. Think about it. Check out this free suggestion for planning guide here.