Recently, I took the day to journal – all day! I visited two hotels actually and it was the most interesting and relaxing experience! I was exhausted after it – but only because I allowed myself to properly relax – to stay away from screens (phone and laptop) and enjoy my beautiful surroundings and some lovely tea and food!
At the end of most experiences I like to ask myself – what did I learn here? Here is my response..
– It’s ok to take time out. In fact, I was probably as productive as when I’m working in front of my laptop.
– It’s therapeutic to write with a good ol’ pen and paper. I was more connected to what I was writing and I enjoyed writing in a nice, girly notebook. I find myself referencing the material in there more often than I would notes on my laptop. They’re more special to me.
– It’s important to let thoughts flow but at the end, I must write an action plan of how I’m going to use this material or try to make things better. Time bound it and begin to take action. Watch for fantastic progress if it’s important enough to you to take action!
– I didn’t feel half as awkward as I thought I might feel! Drinking tea and having lunch solo was lovely. I was busy chatting to my thoughts anyway! Nobody bothered me and I felt very welcome in both hotels.
– Getting out and about is so important ! I observed friends having the most fantastic catch up, families going out for walks, a well behaved hen party and couples on romantic breaks away. Everyone was so engaged in conversation – social media and mobile phones were abandoned as everyone chatted happily to one another. Even if I’m not feeling particularly sociable I try to get out for a little walk or a quick cup of tea somewhere. Sometimes, just a change of scene helps.
Do you record your thoughts on paper or write a blog? What do you do and what do you think of the idea? Perhaps you’d like to share your experience with us in my Private Facebook Group – Self-Esteem Superstars and learn about the experiences of others. Come join us!