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).
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.