Notice I said MY version of journal writing. Your journal style does not have to be like mine – or anyone else’s. There is no right or wrong way to journal write – you just need to write.
Research continues to show the benefit journal writing has upon health. It has been shown to increase t-cell production along with assist with improving overall mood in as short amount of time as 3-4 days of writing for only 20 minutes. Much cheaper than medication or a physician appointment.
I encourage people to leave the first page blank on a journal and when you begin an entry to date it with the day of the week, date and time of day (it helps if you decide to reread at a later time).
- 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 – a blog, 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 in a post or Twitter).