When I was younger, I spilled all of my secrets to a pink diary with a lock on it.
Now that I am older, I have ditched the diary.
But that feeling of needing to talk through my feelings and record my memories has not gone away.
I needed a place where I could work through my deepest feelings of grief and at the same time celebrate the times with my lost loved ones without judgment or expectation.
That’s when I started to journal.
Journaling has been around a long time dating back even to the 10th century and has served many purposes.
Why Journaling Is Good For Your Soul
Regular Writing has Mental Health Benefits
Writing can do wonders for your health.
Regular journaling can give you a safe, cathartic release from grief and loss.
If you are like me, I keep a lot of my emotions bottled inside because some days they are too strong to even let a little out. By journaling, I am able to manage my anxiety, reduce my stress, and cope with my grief.
It helps relieve events in a safe environment to process them without fear and stress.
It is a safe place to deal with overwhelming emotions that you may feel without worrying about how anyone will react to it.
Journaling does help you remember memories that you thought you might have lost especially when asked memory-provoking questions.
It can help your mind recall events buried deep in your past.
By writing in your journal you can also recall details about specific memories.
Clarify Thoughts and Feelings.
Do you ever seem to feel unsure of how you feel or have many conflicting emotions?
By taking time to jot down your feelings and thoughts as they come, you are able to more clearly see how you are truly feeling.
The best way to get through grief is to understand where you are at in the process and journaling helps clarify that.
Know Yourself Better.
By writing routinely, you are able to see the progress that you are making.
During times of hardship you can go back and re-read your journal to see how far you have come in your journey.
You are also able to look through the memories of the times you struggled and can find solutions in how you handled similar experiences.
Track Patterns, Improvement and Growth
When current circumstances appear hopeless, you will be able to look back on previous situations that you have gone through.
Journaling helps you step back and evaluate your thoughts, emotions and behavior.
It can serve as a mental way of tracking how you feel and how much growth has occurred during these times.
TO GET STARTED
Pick a journal that works for you. For us we have created a guided journal of loss and remembrance to help all have a space to grieve. It is digital and can be accessed anywhere in the world in seconds.
Try to find a time to write every day even if it is just for a few minutes. If that doesn’t work, find a day each week you can regularly write in your journal.
Don’t censor yourself. Let your feelings and memories stay fluid and honest. This is your space to work through your feelings.
Enjoy the journey and be open to remembering your memories.
We have come a long way from our locked diaries but now journaling is more than just a place to share our secrets. It is a place where we can record our memories, take care of our mental health all at the same time. That is the best (and cheapest!) therapy I know!
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