Journaling is a wonderful way to process your thoughts and feelings by allowing you to discover yourself at your own pace. Journaling is one way of helping you discover your past and current events by helping you notice and understand how you are feeling through writing. Journaling can help connect your thoughts with your emotions and bring you to a fuller awareness of yourself. If you are unsure on where to start, I have enclosed some journal paper through a PDF file you are welcome to print off and use. I also have questions as a guide to help you in your journaling journey:
- What am I struggling with today and what can I do to feel better?
- How can I help or show love to someone?
- What motivates me?
- If I felt courageous, what would I do?
- When I feel angry, I usually…
- How am I using my time?
- How can I be kind to myself and others today?
Mindfulness meditation is one way to reduce anxiety and stress by observing your thoughts and feelings as you practice deep breathing. Psychology Today has various articles on this subject that can be found here. Personally, I enjoy practicing mindfulness during my morning prayer time to help focus me on my day and also in the evening to help me feel more relaxed before bedtime.
Helpful Parenting Resources
The Love and Logic books by Foster Cline and Jim Fay are excellent books for teaching your child healthy boundaries through positive choices. They provide practical, down-to-earth parenting strategies that can be easily implemented during moments when discipline may be necessary. I recommended Love and Logic Magic for Early Childhood: Practical Parenting From Birth to Six Years, Parenting with Love and Logic: Teaching Children Responsibility, and Parenting Teens with Love and Logic: Preparing Adolescents for Responsible Adulthood.
Bringing Up Boys and Bringing Up Girls by Dr. James Dobson, PH.D are practical resources that walk with you in weathering the challenges of raising a child. These books share honestly about present struggles kids are dealing with and offer you hope and guidance in how to care for your teenager.
The Whole Brain Child by neuropsychiatrist Daniel Siegel, M.D. addresses parenting from a neuroscience perspective. Don’t be intimidated if you know nothing about neuropsychiatry because this book is easily accessible and provides practical help. Dr. Siegel discusses the importance of creating both healthy emotional and intellectual development to help your child lead a more balanced life. This book offers an interesting perspective on parenting in addition to providing you with age-appropriate strategies to help guide your child in becoming a more balanced person.
Beyond Consequences, Logic, and Control by Heather T. Forbes, LCSW is a down-to-earth yet stretching model of parenting that will help you love and connect with your child in an accepting and respectful way. Heather has a specialization in working with children who have been adopted and addresses attachment issues that could arise specifically with adopted children.
Codependent No More by Melody Beattie is a good resource in inviting you to let go of struggles in difficult relationships and start caring for yourself. It is an excellent guide on self-care and stresses the importance of why self-care is important in becoming a more resilient and compassionate person. Note: This book primarily focuses on people involved in relationships whose spouse or friend struggles with alcoholism, but the information in this book can be applied to other relational difficulties.
Quiet, hosted by Susan Cain, author of bestselling book, Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking. This 10-part series focuses on the special challenges that can arise from parenting introverts and highly sensitive people.
Unruffled, hosted by author and parenting expert Janet Lansbury. This podcast provides practical strategies for common parenting situations. Lansbury focuses on parenting with respect, calmness, and acceptance of emotions in the midst of your child melting down. Unruffled provides practical insights to help you along your parenting journey.