Why use a journal? Journaling therapy has been proven to help with stress management and emotional health and wellbeing. Your hopes, dreams, plans, needs, desires, aspirations, anger, pain, fear, guilt, worry and grief all put into a safe, personal space.
There are a lot of ways to make use of journals, here are some of them:
1) The Unwinding Page - write everything crowding up your brain-space, just dump it onto the journal pages.
2) Event Journaling:This is taking a specific thing that happened and writing only about it – it can be a positive or a negative event, go through all the juicy details and just get it off your chest, like you would to your most trusted friend.
3) Lists: Lists are a great way to focus on specific things. Try a list of Dreams, a List of Triggers (things that set you off, times your coping skills are less than great, your weak spots), List of Things I Love, List of People I Love, List of Needs, List of Support People. Things I Love About My Life, etc.
4) Planning Pages – journals are great for writing down plans and figuring things out, talking yourself through what you might do, need, say, etc...
5) Doodling- helps d-stress a busy or anxious mind.
6) Worry Pages - purge the worry - write it down and then check your language to see if you are making things worse than they are, where your point of power is with your worries and make an effort to let them go.
7) Gratitude Pages - journal about things you are grateful for - it is a wonderful lift of the spirit and can help focus life on the positive, even in the midst of chaos.
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