Journaling Therapy 101
What is journaling?
1. a. A personal record of occurrences, experiences, and reflections kept on a regular basis; a diary
This is the definition of journaling but I think that it really is whatever you want it to be. Your experiences, your reflections, with no time constraint or due date.
I love journaling because it allows me to be free. I get to say whatever I want with no repercussions and I can talk in circles as much as I want to.
What you write about is personal to you; whether it is about your day at work, your family life, your journey with God, world news, etc. It doesn't matter as long as you're getting whatever it is that you don't want to share with anyone else at the moment out of your system.
Now the question that I have for you non-journal writing folks out there is where are you going to start? How are you going to start journaling?
I have a few subjects for you that may help you put a pen or pencil to some paper and get going.
Write in your journal for 30 days about how your day was. Writing in your journal is a free for all, so you can write about anything in your day that you feel like.
Each day for 30 days write down what you are grateful for. If you are itching to add photos of things you are grateful for use a glue stick or paper clips to add them to the pages of your journal.
Bible Study Journal
Every day that you do Bible study write down the chapter and verse and what the story was about. It may also be helpful to write about the story in your own words and what you learned from it.
For 50 days, write down things that make you happy. Talk about these things, experiences, or people at length so that you are truly expressing what about it makes you happy. At the end of the 50 days, reflect on these things and every time that you catch yourself in a bad mood, revisit the list.
Food or Weight Loss Journal
If you are thinking about making a lifestyle change to a healthier one, seeing your goals on paper and writing down your wins and losses each day can help you move towards achieving your goals. Seeing on paper what you excel at and what you need to work on is a major confidence booster or wake up moment for a lot of people. Try it out and see how it makes you feel.
If you have a vision of how you want your life to be or what you want to be doing for the rest of your life, write it down and make it plain. Make goals for yourself, write down your achievements and stuff you still need to do to get to your final goal. Every time you think of something that will push you towards that goal, write it down. Every time you revisit your journal you can talk about what you've been working on and what you need to work on next.
Is there something that you want to learn? Maybe a particular subject, a language, or how to read music? Whatever it is, as you are learning you can write about it in your journal and reflect on what you learned each day. This can encourage you to keep going and keep writing and reflecting.
There are so many other journals that you can start, but it's really about what's good for you and only you. I'm posting some other topics you may like below. I hope you start to love writing as much as I do. Happy journaling :-)
· Bucket List Journal
· Self-Improvement Journal
· Emotional Healing Journal
· Letters that I'll Never Mail Journal
· Inspiration Journal
· Prayer Journal
· Forgiveness Journal