What Is Therapeutic Journaling?

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    Writing in a journal is an effective, therapeutic tool that is easy to do. It can be a space to open up to new ideas, free write, meditate, celebrate, appreciate, connect the dots and bring clarity to certain life experiences and daily events. Journaling can come in many forms and be a space to simply record your experiences and look at your thoughts and feelings objectively. It is a great tool for personal exploration, introspection, and for helping yourself move through and understand your own experiences on a deeper level.

    When done consistently, therapeutic journaling can become even more powerful- as consistency brings momentum to life and requires and strengthens discipline and a dedication to yourself and your growth journey. Taking even three minutes to write in a journal each morning, night or throughout the day can create an ideal routine for you to express and release your experiences onto the page while intentionally choosing to shift perception and focus on what you desire to create.

    Even occasional impromptu journaling can be of great benefit. If you’re not currently in the habit of journaling on a regular basis, it can still be valuable to outline your thoughts and feelings in this way. Writing down your thoughts can be like opening up the door to your own heart and allowing yourself to sit with all of it.

    Whether you are engaged in a disciplined practice or you spontaneously choose to write, journaling is one of the best ways to process and bring yourself through difficult times. Writing down your fears, feelings and thoughts on a past, present or future experience, when done strategically, can provide clarity and help you determine the best course of action while bringing more grace and ease to the healing process.

    Journaling Tips

    – Set aside time to write and make sure you are not feeling rushed
    – Find somewhere private and relaxing to write
    – Don’t worry about grammar when writing
    – Consistency is key with your writing
    – Go there, express your deepest fears and emotions and release them onto the page
    – After journaling, take time to reflect on what you wrote

    Journaling Topic Ideas
    Some days you may be unsure what to write about. Here are some topics that can help you ease into the flow of journaling:

    – Write out your goals
    – Set daily, weekly or monthly intentions
    – What do you love most about yourself?
    – Make a list of what you are grateful for
    – Write a letter to someone
    – Practice affirmations
    – Write about things you want to let go of

    Journaling has proven, time and again, to be a very effective tool for helping people overcome emotional problems. The positive results that emerge from writing about emotions has been observed in many clinical studies in many universities across the world, and all studies suggest the same thing: writing has far-reaching benefits on a person’s mental health. One of the best parts is that it is basically free and there are no rules. All you need is a pen and paper to get started!

    Do you have any journaling prompts that you love? Has journaling helped you?

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