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
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!
Do a word challenge!
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