From Overwhelm To Clarity: Why Journaling Can Help Highly Sensitive Persons In Business
1. IT'S A QUICK FIX.
Maybe it's your first ever client... Or a client you want to fire... Or a business collaboration you were so excited about didn't push through...
Being in the climax of an overwhelming emotion in your business, especially a prolonged one, you would want a quick antidote to somehow lessen the intensity of what you're experiencing.
There's no need to speak to someone (yet) as that may just lead to further stimulation. So, my recommendation? Write things down. Literally write whatever you're feeling... All the anxiety, fear, anger, frustration, annoyance. Everything. And since overwhelming emotions do not only mean negative ones, feel free to start writing down how you feel when you're so full of joy.
I remember when my apartment, the one where I live on my own, was turned over to me last January of 2018.
I kept a facade of nonchalantness while I was with my family and rightfully so, it was the most reasonable thing to do for me back then. I didn't want my parents to think I was so excited to leave them!
*Cultural background: In the Philippines, kids don't usually move out until they're married. Many of them actually stay with their parents even after marriage and kids of their own. So, my decision to live on my own is a rare thing.*
In the ride back home to my parents' house, I felt the need to just be quiet while everyone else in the car were so excited with the new place (it is pretty awesome). I tried to forget how overwhelmed I was.
Well, until the next morning when I got sick out of the blue. I had a fever, a migraine, and body aches - the whole shebang. In retrospect, there was no reason for me to be sick. I usually can pinpoint a cause so I'm sure that my unusual sickness was caused by the overwhelm I chose to swallow the previous day.
I "cured" it by simply writing down how I feel - from joy, to pride, and a bit of fear as I'll be independent soon enough (and with lots of water, of course). From that day on, I vowed to always have a notebook around the house for moments when "it's just too much."
2. IT RELIVES PREVIOUS BLISS.
If journaling can release negative emotions and balance the overwhelm, it's also amazing with milking the good emotions as much as possible. Based on Write Yourself Happy, a book about using journaling as a tool in positive psychology, writing down experiences that made you feel good will bring back not only the memories of it happening but also how it felt. It's basically reliving your best moments. Who wouldn't want this, right?!
It's especially helpful for us highly sensitive entrepreneurs whenever we feel the down turn of the roller coaster of emotions being in the business world. journaling gives us a chance to go back to an important moment of our life, write about it and describe it, and re-feel the emotions felt. It can be when you first won an entrepreneurial award... A feature in an important magazine... A tax exemption of some kind!
It's amazing. I see it as having an arsenal of good juju to use whenever necessary.
I personally use this technique whenever I feel doubtful of my abilities to write guest blogs. I remind myself of the podcasts and Facebook lives I was interviewed in - which is a big deal because I, for some reason, hate hearing my own voice! :) Add to it the more spontaneous nature of being interviewed live. And I tell myself… “If you can do a podcast… If you can do an interview LIVE… You can write an amazing blog post. You can write something that will be appreciate by an insane amount of people.”
3. IT SHIFTS FEARS TO EMPOWERMENT.
It took me a ton of life experiences to slowly gain the confidence I didn't have when I was younger. It was ten whole years of going through life, all the trial and errors, tears and anger... With unshakeable faith, it's all good.
But when I learned about journaling from Amanda Frances back in 2017, my personal development skyrocketed. My goodness! My self awareness - together with my business - has greatly improved. There are still lessons to be learned but those problems somehow felt lighter.
If I have known about the magic of writing things down, I would have done it sooner. All the while preaching about it as I do now.
Have you journaled before? How was your experience?
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