Toolkit

Journal

Keeping a journal is a way of getting the worries and anxious thoughts and feelings you may be having out and onto paper or a screen. It can be a great thing to do when you are pregnant – admittedly, sometimes it is a bit harder to find the time to do when you have a new baby.

Often you can find the things that are worrying you or causing you anxiety go around and around in your head and you just need to get them out of their continuous looping and to give your brain some space. A journal is good for achieving this.

If you write things down, you are helping to get them out of your system so they don’t fester and grow larger than they need to be. It can be challenging to admit you are worried about motherhood. Often mothers think their fear of being trapped may sound too selfish but you have needs that should be recognised. Or you may feel shy about expressing your physical fears of birth or breast feeding and their impact on your sex life. The advantage of a private journal is you can say all of this in the privacy of the journal and this helps to get those thoughts and feelings to stop circling nervously in your head.

The journal is your place to write down your thoughts and feelings, or anything that is worrying you or making you anxious.

Write in your journal when you need to. Whether that is every day, a few times a week or once a month, it is up to you. There are no rules about how often you should write, just when you need to get your worries or anxieties out of your head.

The journal can be entirely private. Be as honest about your feelings and thoughts as you can.

Or, you could share your journal with your partner as a way of talking about your experience.

Created on 29/08/2013 | Updated on 01/12/2015
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