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Journaling: A Tool for Healing

by Ashley Foster - October 17, 2018

Many people find that journaling helps them heal from difficult experiences. It is a way to honor your thoughts and feelings, to give space to express what's going on in your mind, and discover feelings you may not know you had. The best part is that there is no right or wrong way to do it. Here a few tips to have a great experience.

 

 

 

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Journaling: A Tool for Healing

Many people find that journaling helps them heal from difficult experiences. It is a way to honor your thoughts and feelings, to give space to express what's going on in your mind, and discover feelings you may not know you had. The best part is that there is no right or wrong way to do it. Here a few tips to have a great journaling experience.

FIND A SERENE, QUIET SPOT

It can be a nook in your bedroom, or a calm spot surrounded by nature in a park—the important thing is that it is a space where you feel comfortable and secure.

ALLOW YOUR THOUGHTS TO FLOW

Write out thoughts as they come to mind, in a stream of consciousness way. Let go of any judgment you may have and just be with your thoughts and feelings. You may discover things you didn’t expect to. 

SET A REALISTIC TIME LIMIT

By setting a realistic time limit, you give yourself the space for self-expression, while knowing that you can put it aside and continue another day.

CHOOSE SPECIFIC DAYS/TIMES

Decide which days/times you would like to designate as journaling time. This doesn’t mean you can’t write down your thoughts at other times as well. It just ensures your journaling practice has a set time in your calendar and won’t get overlooked.

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