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December 2, 2008
I used to journal.

I didn’t call it journaling. I called it self therapy.

It was a way of sorting through the chaos of the overwhelm to figure out where it came from. Overwhelm is insidious. It is vague. It is real.

My method was simple. I’d begin with the question: What is bothering you? An answer would come. Then the next question: What about that is bothering you? An answer would follow. The pages would fill until clarity came.

Later when my children were in the fangs of overwhelm we would use this technique. Theirs were called “worry lists.”