I remember when my older sister received her first diary as a birthday present when we were little. I was so jealous. It had a colorful girly print on the outside and the lock was shaped as a heart. She would write in it every night and I would die to find out what the hell was in there. I really wanted one. My sister and I are so close in age, 11 months apart to be exact so we share the same age for about a week since I decided to enter the world a little too early. I always looked up to her with whatever she did, I knew one day I would get my own diary.
It was not until college, is when I first started journaling. I found that the more I wrote how I was feeling the more I was able to understand my own problems and my personal patterns. The great thing about writing things down is that it is an outlet, it is a way to release and a way to let go of any emotion you have in your head. The more thoughts you have brewing in your brain, the more stressful your “outside life” is going to feel.
If you have not started a journal, start now.
- Make it a part of your day before you go to bed.
- Don’t let more than two days go by between your writing as you want to stay up to date on how your are feeling.
- Don’t worry about spelling or grammar, just write.
- Write about your highs and your lows, nobody is going to read what you write. Remember, there is no judgment.
- Once you have gotten into the writing groove, read back to your old writing (that is the fun part).
- Remember that writing in a journal does not mean you “have to” discover something about yourself, write just to write.
- A journal is great gift for a friend that may be going through some challenges, tell your friend how much it has helped you.
The Other Hubby