How To Start A Journal

In a recent post, we talked about journaling for health.  It occurred to us:  maybe people want to know HOW to journal.  We hope you'll be encouraged to start the process and make it your own.  And we wish you health and happiness always!

Keeping a journal is a great way to help you balance your thoughts and maintain a positive attitude. Every day we have so many ideas, feelings, to-do lists, and opinions that go through our heads. Maybe you have a project that you would like to start, maybe you are just feeling a little depressed and wish to express your emotions. Journaling is a great way to get all of those thoughts organized and out of your head. 


Dedicating time each day to journaling is a way to give yourself some quiet time with your thoughts. It gives you a way to allow your thoughts to flow freely without anyone else judging your thoughts or interpreting them in a way that you do not mean. It is a form of release, and it is beneficial, especially to those with a disability, in keeping the blues away. 


How to Journal 


If you would like to use this therapeutic form of expression, journaling does not take much effort to start. Use the following steps to start: 


• Dedicate a space to journal. Create an area that you feel comfortable sitting and writing. It can be a quiet space or even have music. However, you should avoid TV because the visual stimulation is often too distracting for effective journaling. 

• Dedicate a time. This may be awkward at first. But once you get into the habit of journaling, you will look forward to this time each day. 

• Dedicate a special book or folder. Make this your private journal and keep it to yourself. 

• Let the words flow. You do not have to write in any special format or about any specific subject. Just write. You are writing for yourself and no one else. 

• Go back and reread your entry. Use another colored pen and make some notes about what you wrote. Add additional thoughts. 

• Draw if you want. Why not?  It is YOUR journal. 

• Be honest. There is no judgment from your journal. If you can be open and honest with yourself, you can solve your problems, and proceed with your goals openly and successfully. 


Eventually, your journal will become a great source of comfort and inspiration. You can look back at entries and see how things have changed over time and how your goals and outlooks have grown with time. Journaling is also a great way to allow your creative side to come to light. Many people find that once they start journaling, they also start doing additional creative things like painting, singing, sewing, or whatever gives them the most pleasure. 


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