Mini Essay

No Worries

How A Daily Journal Can Save Your Mind 

The first expression I learned while living in Australia was “No worries,”— meaning “do not worry.” or “no problem.”

I said this phrase a lot when I wanted to show I was calm even if I was not.

A year before the pandemic, I lived alone in the Philippines. I was coming to terms with the end of a 10-year relationship. I was not in the healthiest and happiest place.

I kept reminding myself that time heals. 

Then it hit me—time gives you space. But inaction blocks any healing.

I started with the simplest changes. I cooked food that made me happy. And I exercised to get endorphins. The feeling of happiness was fleeting.

So, one day, I committed to a daily journal. I used the ‘Daily Stoic’ as my everyday prompt. Because if I were to write the anxieties I had at that time, the notebook would turn into a dark cloud over me. That was not the goal.

There were days I wrote pages of self-reflection.

There were days I wrote one word.

There were days that all I could write were three dots.

After a year, I noticed my happiness lasted longer. I no longer kept saying, “no worries.” when I didn’t mean it. I was comfortable with the worries.

This daily journal exercise taught me that you don’t need to pretend that there are “no worries.” And sometimes, a little note to oneself can save your life.

About the author

About the author

Bea Trinidad host a podcast about smarter love - Thirsty & Thirty. She is also the official storyteller of a culinary school, CCA Manila. She can help you with writing projects like a love story gift to your special someone or telling your company’s story.

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