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I like this ” Journalling allows us to recognise (and own the fact) that we’re a work in progress, that are stories are not static but dynamic. This allows us to be a little easier on ourselves. When you record ‘where you’re at’ in a journal, you then have a record of your life in that journal. You can look back on the journal at everything you’ve achieved and see patterns and records of when/what/how you overcame; you’ll find comfort and strength in that.”
Did you know writing can be therapeutic?
Journalling has many beneficial emotional and psychological effects. You can sit there with a blank piece of paper and start to write and, at the end of it, you’ll feel better!
I’ve seen journalling described as a “spiritual windscreen wiper” which is a great description! By putting pen to paper, and pouring your thoughts and feeling on to the page, journalling allows you to get rid of all the messy, confusing and worrying thoughts that bounce around inside your head, allowing you to move on with your day with a much clearer head. Once you’ve got rid of them, by transferring them to paper, you’ll find those thoughts won’t disrupt your day. You’ll be able to get through your day with a much more focused mind.
How can you start journalling?
It can be difficult for people to start writing. They may feel embarrassed (because they feel they can’t write) or…
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In practice, journaling is whatever you want it to be. Underneath, it’s the gateway to recording life, experiencing all manner of emotions and uncovering parts of yourself you never thought existed.
Whichever way to spell it…. I admit that I was very reluctant to start journaling myself – I thought it was for people with lots of time and a leaning towards poetry … and American teenage girls… not me at all! It turned out that I was being too quick to judge.
You can buy yourself a beautifully bound notebook to capture your personal experiences and insights in writing, set up a WordPress blog with this intention 😉 or simply open a document on your computer to allow you to capture all the things going on in your head or to vent your frustrations.
Journaling is about taking what is in your head and heart and putting it in writing.
No matter how you choose to do it, it can be powerful and beneficial!
- Research shows that writing about stressful life experiences boosts our emotional health and also…
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