Affirmations & Journal Prompts for Overwhelm

November 17, 2023

I'm Jess. This blog is a collection of everything I've learned as I rebuilt my self-image from a burned-out-extrovert-wannabe to an at-ease-introvert-bookworm.
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Have you ever wanted to hit pause on life to catch up, or just to catch a breath? I know I have. It’s not uncommon to feel overwhelmed in our fast-paced world, especially as an introvert and/or a Highly Sensitive Person (HSP). Life constantly demands our attention and energy, and sometimes it can feel like too much. While there are many ways to address and manage these feelings of overwhelm, journaling and affirmations are two of my favorites. These tools can help you regain control, cultivate inner peace, and recenter. In this post, I’ll share journal prompts and affirmations that can help you navigate and manage overwhelm, as well as tips on how to use them together.

Learn how to reduce and manage overwhelm through journaling and affirmations.
Feelings of overwhelm are real, but they don’t have to be your reality.

The Power of Journaling

Journaling is so much more than putting pen to paper.

It’s a therapeutic practice that allows you to explore your thoughts, emotions, and experiences. It serves as a private (and safe) space to reflect. 

Journaling can also increase self-awareness by helping you identify patterns in your behavior or triggers for stress. 

Additionally, it has been linked to reduced stress levels, improved mood, and better overall mental health.

It’s also a form of self-care. It offers you a moment of pause to engage in introspection and self-discovery.

Over time, journaling can lead to a sense of clarity and resilience, making it a potentially life-changing tool.

When faced with overwhelm, journaling provides an outlet for self-reflection and a safe space to process what you’re going through.

What Are Affirmations?

Affirmations are positive statements or declarations consciously chosen to shape your thoughts, attitudes, and beliefs.

Affirmations help redirect your focus toward positive outcomes by highlighting your abilities, strengths, and potential.

The best affirmations are those that challenge the negative or self-sabotaging thoughts that have impacted your self-image and confidence.

For affirmations to work best, they should feel authentic to you and the challenges you’re facing. To know if an affirmation is a good fit, consider if it conjures feelings of empowerment and confidence. They also work best when they are repeated regularly.

Embracing affirmations can lead to a more positive outlook, increased resilience in the face of challenges, and a greater belief in your ability to manifest positive outcomes.

In periods of overwhelm, affirmations can shift your attention toward what’s possible, helping you stay focused and channel your energy forward.

A quick and practical guide to journaling for overwhelm and affirmations for overwhelm.
Affirmations and journaling are two simple but effective ways to reduce and manage feelings of overwhelm.

How to Combine Journaling & Affirmations

I have found combining journaling and affirmations to be incredibly powerful. These tools can work together to maximize clarity and forward-momentum out of overwhelm.

On its own, journaling is cathartic and often leads to perspective or clarity. In my experience, ending a journal entry with an affirmation boosts its impact. That’s why I like to end every entry with an affirmation that feels related or needed in that moment.

Usually, it’s an affirmation that summarizes or reinforces how I’d like to move forward. This serves two purposes: 1) it puts a metaphorical bow on my journal entry, giving me a sense of closure, and 2) it gives me a rush of momentum. Also, the affirmation I choose often serves as a reminder throughout the day.

If you’d like to try combining these tools, reflect on your journal entry: What themes come up? What thoughts or beliefs do I need to challenge? How would I like to feel instead? What would I like to experience differently?

Then, craft an affirmation (or choose from the list below) that relates and resonates at that moment. It could be reassuring, nurturing, validating, empowering… there’s no right answer. It just needs to be whatever you need to hear in that moment.

Journal Prompts to Identify Triggers of Overwhelm

  • What situations or tasks make you feel overwhelmed?
  • List the thoughts and worries that are contributing to your overwhelm.
  • Are there recurring patterns or themes in your overwhelming experiences?
  • How do you gauge success at the end of each day?
  • How do you respond when you’re feeling overwhelmed?
  • How do you currently celebrate your accomplishments? How frequently do you do this?
  • How do you reduce your stress, care for yourself, and/or show yourself appreciation on a daily basis?
  • Write about any recent situations or events that triggered your overwhelm. How did you react, and how would you like to react in the future?

Journal Prompts to Break Down Overwhelm

  • List the things you can control and the things you can’t in your current situation. How can you let go of what you can’t control?
  • Write about your long-term goals and priorities. Are they aligned with how you’re spending your time and energy now?
  • Break your most important tasks down into smaller, more manageable steps. How can you prioritize and tackle these steps one at a time?
  • Identify your support system – who can you turn to for help and guidance when you’re overwhelmed?
  • Identify something you can do to take care of yourself. How can you make it a part of your day?
  • How can you celebrate yourself for every accomplishment or win, big or small?

Journal Prompts for Self-Compassion in Times of Overwhelm

  • Write a letter to yourself, acknowledging the challenges you’re facing and celebrating how far you’ve come.
  • What words of kindness and understanding can you offer yourself?
  • What advice would you give to a friend going through a similar situation?

Affirmations for Overwhelm

Choose an affirmation from the list below (there’s no right answer) and incorporate it into your daily routine to counteract feelings of overwhelm:

  • “I am in control of my thoughts and emotions, and I choose calm and clarity.”
  • “I trust in my ability to prioritize and manage my tasks effectively.”
  • “I release the need for perfection and embrace progress instead.”
  • “I breathe deeply, letting go of tension and stress with each exhale.”
  • “I am capable of breaking large tasks into smaller, manageable steps.”
  • “I am focused on the present moment, one step at a time, and I am making progress.”
  • “I attract positive energy and solutions into my life.”
  • “I am resilient, and I bounce back from challenges stronger and wiser.”
  • “I have the power to say ‘no’ when needed to protect my time and energy.”
  • “I trust that I can find balance and harmony in my life.”
  • “I am open to seeking support from others when I need it.”
  • “I choose to let go of what I can’t control and focus on what I can.”
  • “I believe in my ability to manage overwhelm and create a life of peace and purpose.”

Final Thoughts

In moments of overwhelm, your instinct might be to push through. But that just compounds the feelings of exhaustion. Instead, take a moment to reflect and recalibrate.

It might feel counterintuitive when the to-do list seems endless, but making time for tools like journaling or affirmations (or both) can be a powerful antidote to feeling overwhelmed.

Taking the time to explore your feelings and affirm your power leads to greater clarity and resilience.

Remember, it’s okay not to have all the answers immediately—journaling and affirmations are tools to guide you on the journey to inner peace and balance.

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