What is Journal Therapy?
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Journal therapy is a type of writing therapy that focuses on the writer’s internal experiences, thoughts and feelings. Journal therapy uses reflective writing so that the writer can receive mental and emotional clarity, validate experiences and come to a deeper understanding of him or herself.
What Is a Journal And How to Write it?
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Journal writing is a learning tool based on the ideas that people write to learn. People use the journals to write about topics of personal interest, to note their observations, to imagine, to wonder and to connect new information with things they already know. Using journals fosters learning in many ways.
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The Health Benefits of Journaling
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I’ll bet you write or word process daily. If you are like most people, you record only what you must. If you are like me and was looking for a different way to change your mind and your habits, I’ll let you in on a well-kept secret: A pen joined with paper can serve as a powerful life tool.
Journaling, keeping letters and/or diaries are an ancient tradition, one that dates back to at least 10th century Japan. Successful people throughout history have kept journals. Presidents kept a journal for posterity; other famous figures for their own purposes.
What Are The Proven Health Benefits To Journaling
Evidence has been increasing to support the notion that journaling has a positive impact on physical well-being. Research shows that journaling decreases the symptoms of asthma and rheumatoid arthritis. There is belief that writing about stressful events helps you come to terms with them, in turn decreasing the impact of these stressors on your physical health.
I bet you’re thinking: “So writing a few lines a day may keep me healthier longer, but so will eating broccoli! Why should I think about journaling when I’ve already got too much on my plate to begin with?” Let’s let science do some explaining to help you grasp onto the idea.
Scientific evidence supports that journaling provides other surprising benefits. The act of writing uses your left brain, which is analytical and rational part. While your left brain is busy, your right brain is free to create, perceive and feel. To sum it all up, writing eliminates mental blocks and allows you to use all of your brainpower to better understand yourself, others and the world around you. Start journaling and start experiencing the following benefits:
Clarity To Your Thoughts And Feelings
Do you ever seem all mixed-up up inside and unsure of what you want or feel? Taking a few minutes to jot down your thoughts and emotions with no editing, will quickly get you in touch with the world inside yourself.
Knowing Yourself Better
By writing routinely you will get to know what makes you feel happy and confident. You will also develop clear thoughts about situations and people who are poisonous for you. This is important info for your emotional well-being.
Writing about anger, sadness and any other painful emotions helps to release the grip of these feelings. By doing so you will feel more at peace and better able to stay in the present.
Solving Problems In A More Effectively Way
Typically we problem solve from a left-brained, analytical perspective. But sometimes the answer can only be found by using our right-brained creativity and intuition. Writing reveals these other capabilities, and affords the opportunity for surprising solutions to what we see as unsolvable problems.
Resolve Differences With Others
Writing about our misunderstandings versus letting them boil over in your head will help you to understand the other’s point of view. Who knows what could happen, you just may come up with a practical resolution or understanding to the fight or conflict.
In addition to the awesome benefits listed above, keeping a journal also helps you to track patterns, trends and improvement and growth over time. When current situations seem impossible, you will be able to look back on previous problems that you have since make possible.
How To Begin
Your journaling will have the most impact if you do it daily for about 5, 10 or 20 minutes. Start anywhere, and forget about spelling and punctuation. Privacy is key if you are to write and don’t want anyone to see it. Write quickly, as this frees your brain from any of the “shoulda, coulda, woulda’s” and any other barriers to successful journaling. The most important rule of all to remember is…
that there are no rules
Through your writing you will realize that your journal is an accepting, loving and nonjudgmental friend. And he/she may provide the cheapest therapy you will ever receive.
The First thing I noticed was how free I was to be who I was without judgement. Since then I have gain a MASSIVE amount of confidence to do anything I want in life and the best part is it all starts with ME!
So if you want a more guided approach, that I use, to help you find a way to journal that works for YOU. Then email me at [email protected] and we can talk about what that looks like.
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