Let's face it. There are times we all need a little or a lot, of healing. There are occasions where we don't have the time, funds, or desire to seek help from professionals. Keeping a journal is one thing we can do for ourselves to maintain us - physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually - and help mend what, at times, feels downright broken.
One of the most important things is to practice self-maintenance and have a simple daily ritual in place. I start my mornings with prayer, affirmations, and journaling.
Journaling can help with personal growth and personal healing. By regularly recording your thoughts; you will gain insight into your behaviors and your moods.
Journaling is a good way to problem solve and reduce stress. It's been proven that journaling has improve mental and physical health. It can also lead to increased self-esteem.
In addition, writing in a journal is an effective tool used to assist in the healing process.
If you want to improve your perspective on life and clarify issues, start writing in a journal.
You can't know where you're going or how you can effectively heal if you don't know where you are.
Here are 5 tips to help get you started:
1. Start writing about where you are in your life at this moment.
Describe your current situation. (living, work, and relationships) Are you where you want to be?
2. For five to ten minutes, just start writing in a "stream of consciousness."
Do not edit your thoughts or feelings and don't correct your grammar. Don't censor your thoughts.
3. If there is something you are struggling with or an event that's disturbing you, write about it in the third person.
This will give you distance and provide a new perspective. Write down what you have learned about yourself.
4. Develop your intuition.
Write down questions or concerns then take a deep breath and listen for a response from God. Let yourself write automatically. If you don't get an answer right away, look for signs throughout the day.
5. Write a letter to your past self.
Be open and vulnerable. Allow your thoughts to flow through your pen or pencil while you are writing. Be sure to not edit your thoughts or to disguise your thoughts. Write everything down. If you have suffered from a past trauma (from yourself or as a result of someone else) open up to writing the incident down. This is the time to release those feelings.
We all have dark days, black moods, anxious feelings, and past unhealed pain. Use writing in a journal to explore the darkness that is within you. You will find your inner light when you do.