HEALING THROUGH JOURNAL THERAPY
Journal therapy, also referred to as journal writing therapy or simply writing therapy, involves the therapeutic use of journaling exercises and prompts to bring about awareness and improve mental health conditions as a result of inner and outer conflicts.
According to the Center for Journal Therapy, it is the “the purposeful and intentional use of reflective writing to further mental, physical, emotional, and spiritual health and wellness.”
HOW DOES JOURNAL THERAPY WORK
Journal therapy is primarily used with people in therapy to increase awareness and insight, promote change and growth, and further develop their sense of self. Through various writing prompts and activities, a journal therapist will guide a person in treatment toward his or her goals. The act of writing things down often relieves tension and can bring clarity to the issue at hand.
JOURNAL HEALING TIPS
If you want to improve your perspective on life and clarify issues, start writing in a journal.
You can’t know where you’re going if you don’t know where you are. Be sure your journal will remain private so it remains for your eyes only.
Here are 10 tips to get started:
1. Start writing about where you are in your life at this moment.
2. For five to ten minutes just start writing in a “stream of consciousness.”
3. Start a dialogue with your inner child by writing in your subdominant hand.
4. Cultivate an attitude of gratitude by maintaining a daily list of things you appreciate, including uplifting quotes.
5. Start a journal of self-portraits.
6. Keep a nature diary to connect with the natural world.
7. Maintain a log of successes.
8. Keep a log or playlist of your favourite songs.
9. If there’s something you are struggling with or an event that’s disturbing you, write about it in the third person.
10. Develop your intuition.
Write down questions or concerns then take a deep breath and listen for a response from your Higher Self. Let yourself write automatically. If you don’t get an answer right away, look for signs during the day.
We all have dark days, black moods, and anxious feelings. Use writing in a journal to explore the darkness. You will find your inner light when you do
By Loran Hills