We’re now approaching the halfway mark in an unprecedented year in American history. For millions of Americans, each day is filled with anxiety and stress, but if we can allow ourselves to think long term, there is the potential for upside.
A recent study done by the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology reported that those who are emotionally healthiest today had experienced some kind of significant adversity in their past, such as a divorce, the loss of a loved one, or a grave illness.
While adopting emotional and mental resilience is no easy task,Dr. Stephen David Leonard believes that journaling is a great place to start. A veteran pastor, husband, and father, Dr. Leonard recently launched a 30-Day Living Inspired Journal as a way to help struggling Americans build resilience and come out of these uncertain times stronger than ever before.
Dr. Leonard started his journaling journey amid a personal hardship of his own; while sitting in the pediatric intensive care unit with his son, who has a severe genetic disorder, following complications from scoliosis surgery. Here are some helpful tips from Dr. Leonard you can use that will help you get through these tough times...
In tough times, it’s important to focus on small pleasures. An easy way to do that is writing a list of the things that made you happy each day. It can be anything, no matter how small or "unimportant" it may seem at first. If it makes you happy, write it down and do it again!
We tend to doubt our strengths in difficult times. Sometimes it's just easier to focus on what's negative rather than what's positive. When this happens, write a list of why you’re strong enough to handle this. You got this, you just need a reminder!
We may not be able to control events, but we can change how we interpret them. Train your mind to do this by journaling your day entirely from a positive perspective. You'll see the world in a whole new light!