Journaling can be thought of as a way of:
- Writing down your thoughts and feelings for the purpose of self-reflection, self-analysis and self-discovery.
- Improving yourself by improving your perspective of your world, and your place within it.
Journaling is one of the oldest forms of self-help. When journaling, you can:
- Develop more understanding of self and self-compassion.
- Adopt a solution-oriented approach to your issues and challenges.
- Deal fearlessly with your traumas.
- Reflect in a non-judgemental way.
- Tap into your intuition and how you truly feel.
- Have fun with it and enjoy the process.
When journaling, you should:
- Set a regular time each day for journaling and keep to it.
- Ask questions about how you are feeling and write these down with your answers.
- Write down your very deepest thoughts and feelings.
- Avoid attaching any blame or guilt to anything that comes up for you.
- Avoid any self-justification. Don’t create excuses in your mind or on paper.
- Avoid becoming self-absorbed. Avoid self-pity. Be neither judge, nor apologist.
- Give yourself permission to just feel how you do and write that down.
- Keep your journal private and secure. Show it to no-one, neither family, best friend, or coach.