Monday, March 6, 2017

Write it Out


My life ,while wonderful, can at times
be very stressful. I'm always working or on
the go, with little time for myself.  At times, I have found myself
surrounded by anxiety and stress. So much in fact, I developed
TMJ.  It was so bad and out of control that I actually broke 
my mouth guard.  My dentist, who is so fantastic, recommended 
that I start keeping a journal. Like you know Dear Diary, sort of thing. 
Being the jerk, that I am, was like "yeah ok, sure will try it." 
Didn't think it would work at all but my TMJ was so
bad, I was willing to give it a shot. 

For the past few months, every day or every other day, I take
a few minutes and write, whatever
pops into my head. Some days I write alot
and other days I don't.  Wouldn't you know that after a few weeks,
my TMJ was getting better and I was feeling so much better.
I was so stressed that I didn't even realize I was stressed.
I'm happier, more positive, and overall feel better.
So many great benefits, just by putting pen to paper.

If you suffer from anxiety or stress, try keeping a journal.
It will make you feel better. And for the times, when you don't have 
pen and paper, type some notes down in your phone. It works as well. 

How do you cope with anxiety and stress??
Let me know, I love hearing from you!!
Best, Marie 

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  1. What an amazing recommendation and I'm so happy to hear that it worked for you! I'm sure it's very cathartic to write things down and get them out of your head!! xo, Biana -BlovedBoston

  2. that's such a good recommendation and then the more i think about it, i'm so not surprised. i mean, i always feel better when i just write it out sometimes. just getting it out and on paper just makes it feel slightly better. glad things are getting better!

    xoxo cheshire kat

  3. I have TMJ. I don't grind my teeth, but I bare down on them. This could be helpful! Glad it worked for you.

  4. just jotting your thoughts down on a daily basis really does help declutter the's part of the reason why I plan on a regular basis; just looking at my planner and seeing everything scheduled and taken care of gives me a sense of calm.

  5. What a great recommendation for dealing with stress. My mom had TMJ and it's no joke. I grind my teeth and I'm always so afraid that TMJ is in my future too! I will have to try this, sounds like a great stress reliever and I'm glad it has worked for you! Happy Monday!

    xo, Rachel
    A Blonde's Moment

  6. Great idea and how brilliant of your dentist recognize this. I have always kept a journal as writing down my thoughts is so therapeutic and part of the reason why I wanted to start a blog. This is a great idea and inspirational to so many beautiful girl! Happy Monday!

  7. I tried doing just this... I just have the hardest time writing (because of shoulder issues - like physically writing) so I've been trying to do it on the computer where I can type it out... it does clear the mind.

  8. Oh my gosh! I'm so sorry to hear about the struggle, but happy to hear that journaling is helping you! I should really give it a shot, but I'm so impatient with writing. I should do it though! I often grind my teeth when I'm stressed. For me, self care involves making time for myself. And that means usually that I have to say no to fun things sometimes. It also means that I allow myself not to be perfectly on track with things I need to do either. Making time to read has been a big one. People always ask how I read so much.... well, it's my self care. Getting lost in a good story is so fantastically therapeutic. I also think that a tv show can be good, but finishing a book also helps me feel accomplished which a TV show does but much less so. I also notice that if I'm eating better I feel better. Even if it's not super healthy. Like I ate PB&J and mac and cheese one week and I felt AWFUL. AWFUL!! I ate a rotisserie chicken with some cooked frozen veggies and a baked potato and it was a million times better even though it wasn't ULTRA healthy. If that makes sense. Picking up a rotisserie chicken is super easy, but also made me feel physically better. My planner is another big one. Allowing myself to be organized, to see where I was busy and why. See what I could cut out. How I could put in little pockets of "me time". It sounds silly but my planner last year was a life saver! Also, I love Gretchen Rubin's 1 minute theory (if you can do something in one minute or less, do it right now rather than waiting!) and taking an hour every day or week to do something that needs done, maybe something that you have been putting off. I don't know. Self care is a journey! I'm glad that your journal has helped. I hope that you keep making good progress! :) XO - Alexandra

    Simply Alexandra: My Favorite Things

  9. That is great that a journal was able to help you. I keep a journal of sorts, it's one of those one line a day type things which I really enjoy writing in as well as looking back on the year gone by.

  10. This is such a great idea! I feel like I get really stressed out sometimes and instead of letting it get me down writing it out might be way more helpful!

  11. I have never really thought about keeping a journal to keep anxiety at bay. That is awesome that it is working for you!!!

  12. Excellent idea - I used to do this SO long ago and really wouldn't mind carving out time to bring it back. Glad its getting better! Happy Monday friend! xo

  13. Oh man that sounds painful Marie! Glad you found a solution to help reduce the symptoms. I do suffer with anxiety but haven't tried doing a journal of my thoughts so thanks for the tip.

  14. I'm glad that writing in a journal is helping you!

  15. That is a great outlet. So happy that you found something to help your TMJ.

  16. Minus a few years when I was living with my ex, I've always kept a journal. While I don't write it in as often as I probably should, I've found it's a great outlet when I'm feeling confused/anxious/stressed out. I'm so happy it's working for you too! Hope you find some peace soon!

  17. So sorry to hear you've been dealing with TMJ, but what a wonderful idea. So glad it's helping! *Hugs* <3
    Green Fashionista

  18. I'm so sorry to hear about your anxiety, it's such a terrible thing. I'm so glad to hear that journaling has been a good outlet and made a difference in your TMJ. I love journaling and sometimes it's just a great reminder to stop and breathe.

  19. wow girl, i am so sorry that you have been struggling with this, but how amazing that journaling has helped. i don't think i have TMJ but i grind my teeth really bad in my sleep and sometimes i wake up and have to really concentrate on relaxing my jaw. maybe i will try and keep a journal :)

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