Journaling, that is. I can’t imagine my fingers clicking away as I keep a digital record of my most private thoughts. No, I prefer the feel of my Bic Round Stic pen as it glides across my preferred spiral bound, thin lined, purse sized journal.
Every feel you need a place you could vent endlessly about your trials and tribulations in love (or lack thereof), life and trying to make sense of it all??? A journal provides a captive audience that is willing to listen without judgment or comment to WHATEVER you want to say.
For me, journaling has been a Godsend. I have shelves in my closet full of these life journals that I’ve kept since high school. When I was done writing for the day, I closed the book and felt I could put those worries aside and keep them in that book and it was safer that way.
It can be helpful to try different journal styles to see what works for you. I recommend trying the empowerment journal if you are trying to gain confidence in yourself or to fulfill a particular goal. It’s simple. When you feel so moved, write down things that you are proud of that you accomplished that day, that week or anytime in your life. It can be small things, like I’m proud that I got to work on time in a presentable fashion or big things, like I’m proud of myself for getting a promotion at work or helping my child feel better about themselves after being bullied at school.
The gratitude journal is very popular this year. A way to cut through all the negativity around you is to remember things you are grateful for. Perhaps you are grateful for a chance to talk to a friend that you’ve lost touch with or that the construction noise outside your building has finally stopped. It can be as simple as appreciating that you have a roof over your head or the chance to have a meal together with your whole family.
So, try it out. Put Down The Laptop. Maybe just go down to the local coffee shop with your pad and paper and see how it feels to scribble down ideas about your thoughts and dreams.