“The Writer is by nature a dreamer — a conscious dreamer” – Carson McCullers
Have you ever heard of this term called Hygge (pronounced hoo-ga)?
It is supposedly a danish term that refers to a “quality of coziness and comfortable conviviality that engenders (real fancy words here) a feeling of contentment and well-being.”**
So, essentially, if I were to sum it up: Hygge is the warm, fuzzy feelings of feeling happiness and feeling like things are together. I love this feeling and even more so that there is a name for it.
Many times throughout my life, I have certainly had my share of Hygge, where I have felt upmost happiness and content in my life. I associate these moments with things that I love and love to do; such as hanging out with my family, attending a yoga class, taking a walk on a really nice day, reading a poetry book, buying a new book, and of course, one of my favorite past times, journaling.
I don’t know what it is, but journaling is one of those things that really refreshes my soul. It is like I have all of these thoughts and feelings just bursting out of me and I need a means of releasing them all. I have been journaling for as long as I can remember and have no intentions of stopping.
Personally, I feel that journaling is one of those items that is essential to self-care and mental health care. When journaling, not only are we just writing to document events, but we are writing to understand our inner thoughts, feelings, and ultimately our inner selves. In turn that helps self-care as to understand what is going on internally and how can we go about a situation.
Over the years, I have struggled hardcore with anxiety and depression to the point where I feel like I am drowning with my thoughts and emotions that sometimes they only way to pull me out of my pit of despair is to just sit down and write. Just get it out. It brings about some peace and understanding to where I can say “okay, this is how I feel, here what I can do about it” or “okay this is what I feel and I can’t do anything about it, but explaining it makes more sense and gives me a sense of relief.”
Journaling to me is crucial to self-care; it works like a best friend, there for you to let you vent and feel completely yourself, free of judgement and of holding anything back. It’s a means of a safe space. Also too, journaling works as a means of organization; perhaps you may be dealing with a situation that you don’t know where to start or how to handle that writing about it helps to make sense of it all to tackle it.
If you have never journaled before or don’t regularly journal, I want to encourage you to give it a try, you might be surprised. Now, by no means does it have to be fancy with expensive markers and pens and stickers… (I mean, unless you want to), a simple notebook with a pen is all you need.
Also, there is a notion that you have to have so much time to sit and write and to write pages and pages….no. You can write as much as you want for as long as you want. Personally, I try to write at least 1 hour a week to do a full-blown writing session since that’s what works for me and my schedule.
I know what you’re thinking : okay, I’ve got my notebook, I’ve got my pen, now, what do I write about? I feel ya’ sister! I run into this problem frequently too; my suggestion for when this happens is to start writing whatever pops into your head. It may be something simple such as “I went grocery shopping today,” sounds stupid, I know, but it gets the ball rolling.
Another thing I love to do is to take to Google and find me some good old fashioned journal prompts; these are a saving grace at times when I feel the urge to write, but I don’t know where to start…. journal prompt. For some inspiration, here are a few of my favorite journal prompts that I made and some others I found along the way to help awaken your writing soul, enjoy :
Soulful Journal Prompts
What are your current Long-Term Goals? Short-Term Goals?
If you had unlimited time and money, how would you spend your day?
What makes you feel absolutely happy?
What is your favorite quote or mantra? Why?
Explain a time that you accomplished something.
How do you feel about Self-Care? What is your favorite Self-Care action?
What is something you want to say to your Future Self? Your Past Self?
What does Hygge mean to you?
What is a dream of yours?
What is the last book you read and what did you think about it?
What is your favorite Bible verse? Why?
These are definitely some of my favorite prompts to help get me started and hopefully they will help you too! Next time you are wanting to practice some self-care, check out one of these prompts or check out journaling in general, you may be surprised.
Until Next Time…
What do you think about journaling? What do you think about Self-Care? Do you like journal prompts? What are some of your favorite journal prompts? Let me in know the replies below!!
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**Hygge Definition from Google Dictionary