When many women think of journaling, they may think of teenage girls writing down their most guarded secrets — big dreams for the future and secret crushes. However, journaling is a very healthy activity for adult women — particularly women with fibroids and other reproductive health challenges. While many of my followers connect my blog and my work with health eating, I also support the use of journaling as an important tool for your healing journey as demonstrated in my latest e-book, Loving My Fibroids Away: A 10-Day Detox Plan.
I have written before about how your womb serves a function beyond childbearing; it is also the cradle of your creativity. That is why it is so important that we work as hard as we can on preserving our uterus. Journal writing has also been found to improve immune function, lower blood pressure, and decrease anxiety.
I fell in love with the concept of journal writing for healing as graduate student studying adult education. I was influenced by educational philosophers like John Dewey and Malcolm Knowles who wrote about reflective thinking in adult learners. Reflective thinking is often spurred by life changes like having a baby, marriage, divorce, death, surviving a potentially fatal medical diagnosis, etc. These are events that can be life changing, thus changing the way you view yourself and your world. Journal writing is one way for women to figure out what these events mean to you and how you would like to proceed with your life. This very blog started out as an exercise in journal writing. I wanted to redefine my life and my life’s purpose after divorce. The experience has been profound in that I was able to unlock many thoughts in my subconscious mind I thought had long been dead.
Here are some ways that journaling can help you heal your life (as Louise Hay would say).
- Clarify your feelings
- Heal trauma
- Stoke your creativity
- Diffuse anger
- Create greater understanding of self
Many women I speak to are under great stress and are having difficulty figuring out why it seems their reproductive organs have turned against them. They may know lots about eating well, but have never taken the quiet time needed to sit with themselves and their thoughts to evaluate what they want out of life. This is so important to realizing your fullest potential. Let’s stop dragging ourselves from one day to the next and start living a more mindful existence. If you are a woman with fibroids, my latest e-book is a great place to begin your journey.
Halona Black, M.Ed., is a Culinary Nutritionist and author of Loving Your Fibroids Away: A 10-Day Detox Plan. She teaches cooking classes, writes and edits e-books, and is a health coach to women with fibroids and other hormonal imbalance issues. She can be reached at chef at GarlicAndLemonsLLC [dot] com.