Try a Brain Dump
Thanks so much for the lovely replies last week following our first Self Care Sunday. I'm so glad you're joining me on this adventure!
This week, let's try something I learned recently from the book The F*ck It Diet: Eating Should Be Easy by Caroline Dooner (a super-interesting and entertaining read). It's called the Brain Dump, and it's about so much more than food.
If you're like me, your days and nights are accompanied by a murmur of worry and self-criticism running through the back of your mind - a haze of anxieties that's always there, but never really enunciated or examined too closely. It didn't occur to me to pay it any mind. Don't give it more power by listening to it, right? That was always my approach.
But as Dooner observed, "We can't heal if we don't even know what the problem is!" So although I really dislike journaling, I decided to give her Brain Dump a shot.
All you do is grab a pen and paper, and start writing down all the things that anxious voice in your head is telling you. Use the "hot pen" technique - start writing and just keep going, no matter what comes out. Don't worry about what it says - you never have to read it again if you don't want to. Burn it afterwards if you like.
I know it sounds silly, and the only thing that convinced me to try it was that Dooner says she hates journaling too. But guess what? It was amazing.
As I was writing, I started thinking of solutions and counterarguments to the things I was writing down. Answers to problems that I'd been low-grade stressing about for months suddenly appeared, as if they'd been right in front of me all along. Ridiculous self criticism that was clearly based on nothing revealed itself for the B.S. that it was. I'm not saying the Brain Dump solved all my problems, but it solved a few, and it was well worth the ten minutes I spent on it.
I'd love to say that after that experience, I now incorporate the Brain Dump into my morning routine every day and my life is changed forever. I'm not that disciplined. But I have another tool in my toolbox that I can pull out whenever I'm feeling down or overwhelmed, and I've got ten minutes to spare.
I hope you'll give it a try! Let me know how it goes in the comments below.
Debra Purdy is the owner of ShopEco, a voracious reader, and a bona fide skin care fanatic.