My journal is often my lifeline. If I’m feeling depressed, anxious, angry, upset, sad, or even happy, I pour it all out in my journal.
Some of my personal journal entries are very short. Perhaps just a few sentences. Others are long. But they are always therapeutic.
Journaling helps me deal with negative emotions, put problems in context, and explore positive ways of moving forward.
Journaling my emotions makes me feel better.
When I first started journaling, I would fuss over spelling and grammar, and spend time editing entries. Much like I would for a public blog post. In fact, I still do that for my more formal journals. ( I keep multiple journals on different topics.)
But, for my personal journal — my emotions journal if you will — I just get it all out as quickly as possible.
Forget grammar and spelling. Forget adding images, editing, and formatting for clarity.
Just write! Just express how you are feeling as honestly as you can. Throw away the masks you wear to face the world.
I almost never go back and read my journal entries. The therapy is in the actual writing, not in reading back and analysing. I wouldn’t care if the entries self-destructed after a few minutes. Like a journaling version of Snapchat.
The digital journal I use includes a little menu bar icon. If you click the icon, a mini journal entry page appears. So, I can just click and write out my feelings without even opening the full journal software.
As therapists go, a journal has a lot of advantages.
- It’s free
- It’s there waiting for you 24 hours a day
- It will never impose its own unconscious biases on you
- It is non-judgemental
- It never gets tired, goes on holidays, or gets too busy to fit you in
- It never gives you advice or tells you how you should proceed
It just listens!
And, if you need it to, it will accurately reflect back what you said without the slightest distortion or alteration.
More than any other tool, a journal can help you get to know yourself. It can help you face your pain. It can help you drive away negativity.
Journaling can help you on the twisted path to becoming the best version of yourself.
“A personal journal is an ideal environment in which to become. It is a perfect place for you to think, feel, discover, expand, remember, and dream.” — Brad Wilcox