I was in second grade when my Language Arts teacher gave us one of those marble composition notebooks and told us to free write everyday for 5 mins. I started out writing for the 5 mins assigned and within a few days, I'd filled up the notebook already. I was also in the 2nd grade, the first time I was sexually assaulted. The merging of writing and healing began then.
Through the un moveable love of God, writing & therapy, I learned to heal from trauma and abuse. I believe that creativity, healing & self discovery go hand in hand.
Journaling has helped me accept and express my truths, enabled self-acceptance and the creative courage to tell my story. Hang out with me a few more minutes to get started on your own creative courage journey.
Through this creative & honest process true healing is inevitable.
I created Note To Self as a safe place to use and utilize your creative courage to heal, to open up a self conversation that encourages self reflection, self love and healing.
The act of writing engages internal healing resources that affect mental and physical health. Expressive writing has the power to help you reduce heart rate and blood pressure, minimize stress, strengthen the immune system, and improve your self-esteem.
Journaling is a great way to learn about yourself. Seeing things on paper is a little different from just thinking about them. Reviewing your day and your thoughts can be a powerful tool for self-awareness and personal growth.
I believe healing, creativity and self discovery go hand in hand
You can learn something from each day, but only if you have the intention of doing so. Journaling provides the insight to make positive changes to yourself and your life.
Use these journaling techniques to learn more about yourself and enhance your rate of personal development:
Make journaling a habit. Write in your journal daily to get the maximum effect. Journaling less frequently will allow you to be lazy in living your life. When you journal each day, you’ll feel compelled to have something to write about. Set aside 15-30 minutes each evening and make journaling a habit.
Review your day. Begin each journal entry by reviewing your day. What happened? Record anything you might want to remember in the future, whether it’s a day or 50 years from now. Hit the highlights and be willing to be honest with yourself.
Look for ways to improve. When you lay out your day in front of you, you’ll notice ways you can improve. It might be dealing with difficult people more effectively or deciding to look for a new job.
List your challenges and shortcomings. Write about the challenges you’re facing in your life. Put them down on paper and see them from a different perspective.
What are your personal shortcomings? Are you impatient? Do you want to work on your social skills? Do you lack goals? What can you work on to enhance your qualities or skills?
Use writing prompts.
There are books of journaling prompts. These are questions you can ask yourself and then write your responses to them. Here are several to get you started:
My three greatest strengths are…
At what moment in your life thus far have you felt the most powerful...
When I look in the mirror I see…
If I could travel anywhere, it would be…
My biggest joy is...
At what moment in your life did you feel a sense of wonder and awe...
How would you like to be remembered?
What is something you want to learn? Why?
Review your life. This could take a few hours or more. Start at the beginning and record your thoughts on your life. Write about your home life and schooling as a young child. What were your teens like? What were the mistakes you made along the way? How have you ended up where you are?
How have your perceptions and understanding of life changed over the years? What do you want to change going forward?
If you could redo certain parts of your life, what would you do instead?
Journaling is intimidating for most people. We don’t want to look at the dark places in ourselves and our lives. However, shining a little light on these areas can do more for your life than you realize.
When you're struggling with LIFE, sometimes it helps to get reacquainted with yourself…who you are…what matters to you. Journaling is one of the best methods of self searching.
The basis for personal growth is gaining a greater understanding of yourself. Journaling is an effective way to accomplish this. Create a journaling habit and watch your personal growth take off. WRITE ON!!
P.S - I have journals dating back to when I was a child up until now, for me, that is so special! I've already created something so special to pass on to my kids and grandkids, an heirloom. Next time we'll discuss creating a tradition for your children through writing.
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