Written by Dyslexicdayna
It’s really easy to develop a poor relationship writing when growing up you've received ridicule from those in authority. I can only speak on behalf of my personal experience of being a dyslexic student in the UK education system and in conjunction with it being my masters specialism. We are taught to strive for perfection, that paper is precious and anything written must be worthy and perfect (from spelling to handwriting).
However, here at Socolo we hold a different perspective, whilst we recognise the environmental consequences of paper production we believe in order to save paper and improve relationships with the written form we should stop being so precious about it. It's time to stop waiting for the perfect time to use that beautiful journal you bought years ago but were too scared to tarnish, and just use it already.
Have you ever had a new notepad and disliked your handwriting on the first page so much that you tore it out? or have been too afraid to write in it altogether? A great way to process daily feelings and work on perfectionistic tendencies towards pen-on-paper activities is to engage in a daily micro journaling challenge.
Here at Socolo we strive for a worldly approach and are always open to hearing the experiences of others, share your experiences in the comment section of this blog or on social media and tag us at @so.co.lo
Micro-journaling is exactly what it sounds like, small snippets of your thoughts however long or short (some pages could just be a word or a single letter). The emotional benefits of journaling have been proven time and time again. In fact, not only does journaling have a positive impact on mental well-being but also on one's physical health. One study showed that participants who engaged in daily journaling saw a significant improvement in conditions such as asthma and rheumatoid arthritis.
If you’re reading this and don't know where to start you’ve come to the right place. Here’s some simple but effective ways to get started.
- Write the date of the day you're writing- even if it's all you write! This grounds you and reminds you today (or the day you are writing) will only be experienced once!
- Start writing lists (even if they make no sense)
In one word write down what you are grateful for (An example from my own journal, “rain”.)
- Although we’ve spoken about paper in this blog post and we are a stationary company we encourage micro-journaling in whatever way works for you. Whether it's physically writing, typing on a computer or phone, or recording audio messages.
- And last but not least don’t strive for perfection just strive to write no matter the volume or execution, and have fun.
Here is an example of what a few days of micro-journaling can look like, but is not limited to
Whether you’re new to micro-journaling or have been doing it for years we’d love to hear about your experiences. Let us know in the comments below or over social media by tagging us @so.co.lo