De-Clutter Your Mind!

I’ll be teaching a journaling workshop in Baltimore on May 19 through Inner Harbor Wellness. Click here to check out their course offerings in “nurturing personal and community well-being” and sign up today!

 

 

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Journaling Workshops

Journal to the Self

Between preparing for the holidays and end-of-year work assignments, this time of year can get really hectic. But don’t forget to think about yourself! Register at the link below for the “Journal to the Self” series of workshops I’ll be offering at the Rehoboth Art League in January. The start of the new year is the perfect time to begin a new practice or learn new techniques that can deepen your self-understanding and creativity!

Click here to learn more about journaling

and to register!

 

Journaling Workshop in Rehoboth Beach!

Sign up now for my next journaling workshop at the Rehoboth Art League!

Journaling to Clear What Clutters Your Mind

Location: The Rehoboth Art League
Room: Children’s Studio

Saturday, Oct. 14, 2017  9:00 AM-4:00 PM

Tuition: $100.00

Level: Ages 18 & Up Beginner

Sometimes emotions or thoughts can clutter our minds. Areas of the brain that we could be using for new ideas and creative expression get filled up with unsolved problems and negative judgments. Journaling can help free up that space! Learn techniques to:
* Access your subconscious mind and tap into the vast resources stored there.
* Reduce tension, frustration, anger, and other strong emotions.
* Improve your time management and your organizational skills.
* Track cycles, patterns, and trends in your life.
* Unlock the mysteries of your dreams.
* Experiment with creative writing.
* Write your autobiography.
* Clarify your goals.

 

And, have a lot of fun!

To register, click here.

 

Journaling: Good for your health!

The benefits of journaling seem to be in the news more and more these days.  Recently, I saw this piece describing some of the physical health benefits to getting those thoughts out of your head and down on paper (or computer screen):

http://www.fastcompany.com/3041487/body-week/8-tips-to-more-effective-journaling-for-health?partner=rss&utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=feedburner+fastcompany&utm_content=feedburner

According to Dr. James Pennebaker, a psychologist and leading expert in the field of journaling, research studies have shown that journaling strengthens immune cells called T-lymphocytes and is associated with drops in depression, anxiety, and increases in positive mood, social engagement, and quality of close relationships.  The article quotes him as follows:

“We know from multiple studies that there are enhancements in immune function, drops in blood pressure, improvements in sleep, and drops in other markers of stress … Other studies find faster wound healing, greater mobility among people with arthritis, and the list goes on.”

If you’re interested in learning journaling techniques that could help you feel better physically as well as emotionally, sign up for my next Journal to the Self workshop the weekend of March 13-15 at the beautiful Cacapon Resort State Park in Berkeley Springs, WV.

See https://annehbarney.com/journaling-workshops/ to register for the next session!

Scientific Research Shows the Power of Writing!

In the January 19 edition of her Well blog in the New York Times, Tara Parker-Pope describes some of the research that shows the benefits of writing about ourselves.

http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2015/01/19/writing-your-way-to-happiness/?action=click&contentCollection=Pro%20Football&module=MostEmailed&version=Full%C2%AEion=Marginalia&src=me&pgtype=article

In particular, she mentions studies about writing and then re-writing what is called our “personal narrative.”  How others perceive us — or, how we think others perceive us — can strongly influence how we perceive ourselves.  Writing those perceptions down and then editing them can help us alter our behaviors.

Were you the one in the family who “always had a bad temper?”  Did co-workers at a job label you someone with a thin skin?  Are you known among your friends as a whiner?  How have these perceptions held you back?  How have you used them as excuses?  And what would happen if you no longer claimed them?

Many of the exercises I teach in my Journal to the Self workshop can help you identify the false perceptions you have allowed to become ingrained in your personal narrative, and how to eliminate them.  See https://annehbarney.com/journaling-workshops/ to register for the next session!