I recently read an interesting article by Sarah Gaynes Levy “Learning to Love Yourself” Good Housekeeping July/August.
Ok- I’ll cut to the chase: the article was about how to love yourself.
Finer point- How do you learn to love yourself?
The suggestions in this article are simple. You need a journal and three different color pens. For my experiment I’m going with the two pen/two color method.
Say something is bothering you or you have a negative thought. In your journal you might write in BLUE:
“I stink at blogging”
in another color you would give a different spin,
RED- blogging isn’t about how well you write, it’s about getting something onto the page
you can let then say something else that is bothering you about blogging
BLUE- nothing happens in my life that is worth blogging about
RED- there is something to be learned in everything that we do. If you want to blog, just do it. The results might surprise you
Do you think this practice has any merit?
Do you think that changing your pen color to represent positive and negative emotions can really help you?
Pandemic has brought out the best and worst in people. I was texting my sister last night and she said that she has had way more time to focus on the past things in her life (especially the bad ones) and I think that many of us can understand exactly what my sister is saying. It’s very easy to be negative right now. It’s an easy trip down regret highway.
Is journaling the bad and the good, and being able to distinguish both sides, good for our mental health?
In theory, it’s like the whole look at the positive thing that the relentless positivity police have going on.
Look at how the glass is half full….
remember, you could be dead…
Should we always try to balance out our negative thoughts with positive ones?
Should we allow ourselves an occasional pity party?
How introspective do we need to be?
Is it OK to be in a bad mood, or must we analyze it?
Is it healthier to admit that 2020 is a four letter word, or should we be trying to find that silver lining?