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Creative Journaling For Stress Reduction

July 18, 2014

Journals are there to receive your thoughts and feelings. I like to think of it as a written-out memory that frees the mind from having to hold onto a thought and allows it instead to be open to exploring new ideas and concepts. I’m an on-off journal keeper - it’s been almost 10 years since I started writing semi-regularly, and one thing I have come to accept is that it’s okay to not write anything down for a few weeks, or even months. Your journal is there when you need to vent, to explore options, to be distracted, or to document a thought just so you can forget about it!

Like most habits, journal-keeping can become monotonous if it is simply a routine that is repeated over and over without giving it a new thought. Here are some ideas to help you get started or to stimulate your mind to keep this learning process healthy and beneficial:

  • Write out uplifting quotes and lyrics
  • Sometimes I find words so beautifully strung together, I will write them out over and over again just to remind myself of them

Doodle

You don’t have to be an artist to try this out! I started out with just copying out drawings of owls - pages and pages of owls that all looked the same!

Use color! Rip out paper! Be messy! Write in the wrong direction!

Make a list of what you are thankful for - here are some creative ideas!

http://www.pinterest.com/goodthinkinc/gratitude-journal-ideas/

Do a word challenge!

http://mentalillnessmouse.tumblr.com/post/30543827639/30-day-self-esteem-challenge

http://whatsyourgrief.com/six-word-stories-statements-and-exclamations-a-journaling-exercise/

Journaling can help you on a path of healing by allowing you to clarify and refocus your thoughts, get to know yourself better, reduce stress, and resolve conflicts. It is a journey in learning to actively listen to yourself!

Written By Mentor: Jadie

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