Journal Yourself Stressfree 7

Well done! You are gradually getting into the habit of journaling yourself stress-free, and hopefully you are also starting to understand why journalling can be such an effective stress-busting strategy. If you are not entirely convinced, today’s email might well give you the motivation you need to keep going.


I couldn’t make up my mind which of the 2 quotes below is the most insight-giving, so I have included both:

“Journal writing, when it becomes a ritual for transformation, is not only life-changing but life-expanding.” – Jen Williamson

“Journal writing gives us insights into who we are, who we were, and who we can become.” – Sandra Marinella


“By journaling regularly, I unlock the power within me to relieve stress and cultivate inner peace. As I put pen to paper, I release the weight of my thoughts and emotions. Each word becomes a stepping stone towards clarity, transforming stress into an opportunity for self-discovery and thus more effective stress management.”


Stress journaling can help you identify the regular stressors in your life as well as the usual way you deal with these stressors – effectively or not so effectively. Whenever you feel stressed, answer the following questions in your journal:
-What causes me to feel this stressed?
-How do I feel, both physically and emotionally?
-How will I react in response to the stressor? In retrospect, ask yourself:
-How well did I cope with the stress? Work out a better way to cope with stress next time if appropriate.

Reflect on a recent challenging or stressful situation you encountered. Write about the lessons you learned from that experience and how you can grow from it. Focus on your strengths and resilience, describing how you overcame or managed the situation. Explore ways in which you can apply these lessons and strengths to future stressful situations, fostering a sense of empowerment and increased self-confidence.


Managing your own stress better by journaling not only enhances your well-being but also empowers you to positively impact the lives of those around you. The easiest (and most powerful) way to do this is to set an example and demonstrate healthy stress management practices in your own life. For example, advocate for healthy lifestyle choices that contribute to stress reduction, such as stress and/or gratitude journaling, regular exercise, nutritious eating, and sufficient sleep. Set an example by incorporating these habits into your own life. Share your own experiences, and so create a space for others to express their feelings and seek support when needed.

We are nearing the end of this online e-retreat series, and I don’t want to abandon you just when you are getting into your “Journal Yourself Stressfree” stride. I have created a variety of other retreats, online and here in the south of France, to accompany you on your journey to a less stressful and more purposeful, meaningful and fulfilling life. None of these options are free, I’m afraid, as I have to earn enough to keep my little herd happy and healthy. I hope I have something for everyone’s pocket. Have a look at Write Your Way to Serenity: A Guided Journaling Retreat Inspired by a small herd of Horses in the sun-blessed south of France, it’s a good place to start and very reasonably priced.

My proudest achievements though, are my onsite in-person retreats here in the south of France, my most popular in-person retreat is the Hiking the Camino de Santiago for Mind, Body, and Spiritual Renewal Retreats. I hope that you will click on this link to explore the other retreats I offer, some with and some without the horses, all including walking a section of the Camino de Santiago de Compostela.

Wishing you a stress-free day!


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