An Interview with Your Body: Journaling

Any good interview involves researching the person, asking questions, and recording the information.  Ideally, you should know as much as possible about the person you’re interviewing, so you go into the interview feeling prepared and in control.  That sets the stage for success.  Good news is that when you interview yourself, you should know yourself fairly well, if not very well!  

I’m a deep diver into myself.  I want to discover what lies beneath the surface, including what I believe, what is holding me back, and how that translates into my physical symptoms.  I love knowing more about me, because the more I know, the closer I feel to myself and the more I have creative, healthy, and loving ways to live a more fulfilling, meaningful, and joyful life.  Developing the self is work in progress, but for me one thing remained constant:  having an interview with my body.  This interview gave me insight into what I was really feeling or thinking behind the scenes.  Not just skin deep talk, but soul deep talk with myself.  

The 4 steps to any good self interview 

  • Clarify your objective.

What is it that you are hoping to figure out with this interview.  Is your body having pain somewhere and you don’t know why?  What about your general unease or tension?  Clarifying what you are looking for will help prep the answers to come out from within.  

  • Prepare questions.  

Think about what you’d like to know and prepare questions in relationship to that.  Example:  What is my stomach ache telling me?  

I write my questions from a deep seated desire for an answer.   I let myself free write and let myself know what it is.  For more on how I answered these questions for myself, please see “An Interview with your body: Anxiety”.

  • Gather your recording equipment.  

The record is where you will document or set down in writing, as for the purpose of keeping the evidence.  Some of you might want to audio record the answers to your questions and I’ve certainly done that as well.  However, if you are beginning this process, I advocate for journaling on paper, as writing allows the part of our brains that tends to overthink to relax and lets our inner soulful thoughts lead the way. 

  • Give yourself freedom and permission.  

I always say a prayer of thanks to myself before I begin journaling.  I want to invite my higher self and inner wisdom to come forward and feel safe in giving me information that would be beneficial to me.  

“It is okay to write these thoughts and discover more about my pain.”  

“I allow myself the freedom of self expression.”  

“I am safe to learn more about me.”  

Journaling about your answers is the key to self awareness and if it doesn’t come easy the first time, reach out to me!   I know for myself, I have often asked the same question over and over, as the answer will evolve with time and sometimes it’s not ready the first time.  Give yourself more than one time at it to answer the question you seek an answer to.  Journaling can relieve certain pressures that are building up within you.  When you allow the process of writing out your emotions and anxiety and put it down on paper, it can end up being the most honest conversation you’ll have with yourself and a way for you to purge pain and fear.  

Each person journals at their own pace, so enjoy your own personal journey and let the interviews inspire you to know more of the inner wisdom your body holds.   

Jenn Maronek

Nurse | Blogger | Coach | Author

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