Have you ever wanted to start journaling, but weren’t consistent or thought you were a “bad writer?”
Journaling has been around for AGES and studies show that it will continue to be taught in the future. Journal writing in the form of mental health therapy wasn’t introduced to the world until 1977 by Dr. Ira Progoff. Dr. Progoff was a New York-based psychologist that began offering “Intensive Journaling” workshops for his therapy research. It became so popular that it has been taught to 250,000 people through a journal consultant network including some of his own staff.
Read more about Dr. Progoff and his methods here
Along with therapeutic reasons, there are also many other forms of journaling such as:
- Bullet Journaling
- Prayer Journaling
- Dream Journaling
- Travel Journaling
- Weight Loss Journaling
- and so much more!
I’ve always been a writer so keeping a journal for me was right up my alley. I fell off from journaling when I was a kid because I started working, going to college, and eventually had kids. I recently found my way back to journaling at the end of last year when I separated from my kids’ father.
It was a very emotional time for me. I ended up falling into a depression, drinking, crying, and sleeping more. As an adult would, I hid it as much as I could from family and friends, but I just couldn’t take the pressure anymore and cracked.
I woke up one morning from a long night and realized there were no more tears. As I sat up in bed and looked at my daughters and surroundings, I asked myself, “Is this what you want to wake up to every day for the rest of your life?” No way in hell!
I jumped up, got dressed, ran to the nearest Walmart, and bought myself a journal. It was a natural instinct because I’ve always had journals growing up so it made sense to go out and buy one especially at this particular time in my life.
When I felt like I couldn’t talk to anyone about my problems, I would turn to writing and that’s exactly what I did. I sat down and just wrote whatever came to my mind. Love, hurt, pain, goals, fears, inspirations, all of it. I wrote until I couldn’t think of anything else.
I took a deep breath and felt like an entire boulder was lifted off of my shoulders. I felt airy and light. It was the best feeling in the world. I could actually breathe again. My mind and my heart felt so clear and I was able to fully focus again.
To some, journaling doesn’t come easy or they say they’re not good at it. In reality, it doesn’t matter if you’re a good or bad writer. It doesn’t matter what grammar or punctuation to use. It’s your personal safe haven, not an English paper. All you have to do is put pen to paper and start writing. No matter what comes to mind, just write it down.
You can even start off with “I’m new to this so I don’t even know what to write about….” I decided to try this out because…. and keep going. Before you know, your thoughts are spilling onto the paper. It’s so relieving and the best part is, it’s private. No one sees this, but you!
Are you ready to start journaling, but stuck on what to write or how to begin? Here are some tips and ideas on how to start journaling:
- Write about your dreams from the other night
- Daily/Weekly/Monthly Goals
- What you’re grateful for
- Obstacles you face every day
- Work Life
- Home Life
- Personal Life
- Weight Loss/Gain
- Bucket List
- First Time Mom Life
- Business Goals
- Who/What Inspires You
- Bill Tracking
- Income Tracking
- Appointment Tracking
- To-Do Lists
- What are your biggest fears?
- What keeps you up at night?
These are some quick, easy and simple ways on how you can start your journal today! Remember, it’s private so you don’t have to use proper grammar, nouns and pronouns, complete sentences, or even have to make it make sense! As long as you understand what you’re writing and getting your feelings out on paper, you’ll have a clear mind to focus for the rest of the day.
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