- Don’t worry about spelling or grammar
- You can write everyday, once a week or once a month
- Use your favorite pencil, pen, crayon or marker (or all of them)
- Tell the story of a particular day or certain moment
- List some of your fears and worries
- List things you are proud of
- Write letters to friends and family (they don’t have to read them)
- Write out your prayers
- Draw pictures of how you feel or a place you have visited
- Place pictures or other objects you want to keep
- Remember THERE IS NO RIGHT OR WRONG WAY to journal!!!
Most of us journal in some form already – our daily calendars, bank account statements,and social media postings. A personal journal simply allows you a place to put your emotions and thoughts without judgement of others (which sometimes happens when you put that rant out on Facebook).
If you are still uncertain, I encourage you to try nothing more than starting a daily gratitude journal. Each day, list 3 things you are grateful for on that day. If you are having a difficult time handwriting things, I suggest you try Happy Rambles. Register with this (free) site and each day it will send you an e-mail (at your chosen time) and ask you what you are happy/grateful for that day. All you need to do is reply with your list and it is saved under your profile. You can respond from your phone or computer just like any other e-mail. There are also various other apps for your phone to try.
Give yourself a week of beginning to journal on a simple basis and you may find you want to do more. Let me know about your own journal practice.