You may have been asked to journal as a part of your therapy, or you may be considering it. However, how to start journaling?
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Journaling regularly is a viable solution for everyone
Journaling regularly helps to:
Here are a few simple steps to help you start journaling.
Decide the medium where you want to journal
When you write by hand, it helps you process your thoughts. However, you can choose the format that is most comfortable for you. You can opt for a paper journal if you want to write by hand.
Make it a regular habit
Journaling regularly should be a priority. Set an alarm and write every day when your alarm goes off.
Set a timer for 20 minutes.
The moment your alarm goes off, pick up your journal, set your timer for 20 minutes, and start writing.
It is okay to use WhatsApp language in your journal
Do not censor your thoughts when you are putting them down in your journal. If you are worried about your grammatical errors, you can always revisit your sentences and correct them.
Get creative with the formatting process
There is no set format for writing in a journal. You can experiment with different styles and formats.
This is an excellent way of counseling yourself.
Use journal prompts from the internet and use them to write for as long as you want.
It is challenging to unburden yourself on a piece of paper.
Remember that no one is ever going to see your journal. It is meant only for your eyes. Thus, it is okay to write whatever you want about anyone.
The human mind is very complex.
When you write in your journal, things may come into your mind that doesn't particularly make sense to you but write them down. What may not make sense to you now may make sense later.
Negative emotions like rage, despair, anger, guilt, sadness, frustration, etc., are part of our daily lives
You can use journaling regularly to explore these feelings and find out what to do to get rid of them.
If there is a trigger that is leading to an emotional outburst, you can identify that by using your journal.
If you can track your moods through your journal, it will not only help boost your self-confidence it will also help you in keeping track of your emotions.
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