I have to be honest with you, I hate writing. And I used to really hate journaling. But when you go to counseling, your therapist usually wants you to journal because journaling helps you sort things out.
Writing is like breathing, it is a way of absorbing an experience. It’s one of the most profound ways to express our self in life and it is a great window into ourselves. Sometimes you just feel antsy. You know something bothers you but you just can’t pin point it. Writing it down can help you figure it out.
At least there is no right or wrong way to begin, you just start jotting down your insights or feelings. Write anytime you feel like it. You can write down random thoughts or observations about yourself. You can keep track of your dreams if you want to. You can write about some of the emotions that are coming up for you at that time, maybe anger or sadness; happiness or hope.
You could also start by exploring your memories, personal image, sensitive times, or maybe you could start with your daily thoughts.
He are a few prompts and story lines you could use to get started:
I want change________ in my life.
I am afraid of________
I want to give up___________________ in my life.
I am afraid of change because ________
I am unhappy because _______
I wish my life was________________
I am sad today because _______
I am so happy today because _____
Once you catch on the thoughts and emotions will begin to flow more freely and when they do you’ll feel more empowered. You’ll know yourself more. And you’ll begin to have a better understanding of what makes you tick.
What I found is “seeing is believing”. I realized I was much more honest with myself when I wrote it down, and I could go back and re-read it and change my thoughts or my belief about something or someone.
Don’t be afraid to write your feelings down. It’s one of the best things you can do to take care of yourself.