Buy a blank book or a notebook with a particular journal topic in mind and keep this book for only that topic. You may decide to keep several kinds of journals at the same time, so remember that you do not have to journal every day.
Writing is one of the few art forms that can be practiced by virtually anyone. Whether you’ve taken a class to become a better writer or not, or you just want to write for pleasure or for friends and family, writing can be a cathartic and healing activity, and can be done almost anywhere and at any time.
Many people who are new to the writing process often find a relatively easy and cost-free way to begin, is by starting a journal. Journal writing is also a pretty low-pressure way of introducing yourself to the joys of writing, and the topics on which to write can be endless.
One of the great things about natural stress remedies is that they can be facilitated with mundane, household items like a pen and paper or notebook. Writing your thoughts down, for example, may be more useful than just recording your life experiences and feelings.
Some consider doing so to be among the most powerful of stress reducers. Indeed, expressing your emotions through the written word may help you relieve stress naturally while reducing worry, anxiety and other depressive symptoms.
Keeping a personal writing journal has a powerful way of healing the soul. When writing about what troubles you and all your immediate thoughts on the subject it creates space for solutions to enter your life. When you write down things that excite you it creates an opportunity to reflect back to that feeling and experience with happiness and bliss. Your greatest teacher will become your personal writing journal as you write down your inner thoughts, special events, future plans, successes, difficult challenges, dark thoughts, bright thoughts, major frustrations and life’s loves in your journal. You will discover more and more about who you are in the world and why your life is the way that it is.
When it comes to generating ideas and characters to write about for your novel, essay, or children’s story, two of your best resources to glean ideas from are your two best writing friends: Your Personal Journal and your Freewriting Notebook.
Journaling is a great way of ‘dropping in’ on yourself, and measuring your progress. Whenever we want to manage a new situation, cope with a crisis, clarify what we feel, or have a better understanding of ourselves, journal keeping acts as a powerful facilitator to our growth.
Everyone who has kept a personal journal knows that writing is a therapeutic process that helps integrate seemingly unconnected life events. Some believe the process works because the physical act of writing (using your hand-eye coordination) occupies your left brain, leaving your right brain free to access emotions, intuit connections, and create new insights.
How else can journaling help?