I hope you enjoyed my previous post on journaling and how it can help you with stress and overwhelm. If you haven't read it yet I would recommend you hop on over and check it out first before you dive into these prompts and giving them a try.
Below are ten of my favourite journaling prompts that I use to reflect and reframe my thinking around stress and overwhelm. I thought I would share them with you to help you unpack some of your stress and overwhelm triggers, default ways you react to stress and how you can reframe your thinking to reduce stress in the future.
1) What has triggered me to feel this way?
2) Why was this a trigger for me? What stories am I telling myself about the situation?
3) How did I contribute to this or elevate my own feelings of stress and overwhelm? How did I react? (remember to not judge yourself and show yourself empathy)
4) How could I perceive this situation differently next time? What may be the other person's point of view?
5) What could I do differently next time?
6) How can I catch myself in the future before I automatically react in a my default way?
7) How can I enact self care as a coping mechanism for stress?
8) I am most stressed when....
9) I am most happy when....
10) Looking back and reflecting now that I am less emotionally invested, was this situation worth being so stressed over?
Phew! That is a lot right? I encourage you to pick even a couple of the above prompts that speak to you the most and run with them the next time your practice journaling (which I hope is daily if you are feeling stressed and overwhelmed). If you haven't started your journaling practice yet, there is no time like the present, even if it is only a couple of times a week to begin with it will make the world of difference.
As I mentioned in my original post it may feel difficult or forced at first, but that is to be expected when you are doing inner work. Sit with these emotions, understand them and why they are coming up for you and you will reduce your stress levels in no time at all.
Love and light, until next time.