Keeping a journal or diary is much more than just a way to record your experiences and thoughts. Studies show that journaling is an effective stress relief exercise, and people who write in a diary or other notebook reap both physical and emotional benefits, including:
Improved ability to manage your emotions
Boosted concentration and memory
Increased self confidence
Journaling can be a powerful recovery tool, too. And there’s no right way to start – all you need is a computer or a pen and paper. Some find the experience of putting pen to paper therapeutic, while others prefer keyboarding their thoughts.
Find a quiet, comfortable spot. Choose an environment where you won’t be interrupted. You might also want to set aside a certain time each day to journal – whether first thing in the a.m. or as part of your bedtime ritual.
What to Write AboutThere are no set rules for journaling. You can write about anything that comes to mind, and your journal entry can be as long or short as you’d like. There’s also no need to worry about grammar or punctuation – no one will need to read your journal but you – so just write your thoughts without any self-editing.
If you’re unsure where to begin with a journal entry, try writing about your daily on-goings to get your thoughts flowing. What did you do today? How was your mood? What was the best part of your day? What was the worst part of your day?
Here are some more ideas to get you started:
List your daily goals: Remember to be S.M.A.R.T – Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic and Timely.
Express your gratitude: Ask yourself: What are you thankful for today? What brings you joy or is worth celebrating?
Record your accomplishments: What challenges have you overcome? Did you make amends with a family member or reach a milestone in your recovery?
Express your emotions: Write about your joys, stressors, hopes, fears, frustrations – or any other emotions you’re experiencing.
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