There are a number of products that I have used throughout my journey, which I see as crucial to my progress of becoming less anxious, more self-accepting, and more self-loving. Start Where You Are: A Journal of Self-Exploration is one of those.
This is a journal created with the intention for its’ users to empty their minds of the chaos of their everyday lives, through the process of creativity, reflection and individuality. Meera Lee Patel uses writing prompts in this journal to allow her readers to expand on them in any way that they wish, with the aim being that they reach into the parts of their mind that they may not necessarily delve into very often.
Personally, I am quite creative. When I practice self-care, my go-to activities would be reading, journalling, drawing, or pretty much anything related to this. So, as you can imagine, this journal worked wonders for me in terms of helping to overcome anxiety. Each page of this journal has a different quote, paired with a task that is similar to that quote. For example, this is one of my personal favourites within the journal:
“There are far, far better things ahead than any we leave behind.” – C. S. Lewis.
Write down ten dreams that have not come true yet.
Each quote is colourful and captivating, and the task paired with it makes you really sit down and think. With each page, you can dedicate as much or as little time as you want – the crucial part of the exercise is to explore your mind, and focus on the good in all situations, even the ones that you thought could never be positive. I would spend at least half an hour on each page, making it colourful and look pretty. This is partly because then I am taking 30 minutes out of my day to do something that I love (and hence practicing self-care). The other part, is because the book is so god-damn beautiful that I want to make sure it stays that way!
If you are learning to overcome anxiety, or are trying to find ways to be more mindful, or to be more self-reflective and self-aware, then give this journal a chance. It has been a powerful tool for me, and I am sure that it would be for you too.
Author: Meera Lee Patel
Informative or Interactive? Interactive
My Personal Rating: 4.8 out of 5.0