I am a HUGE advocate for journaling and use it regularly. I use journaling as a therapeutic tool for not only my clients but for myself as well, I truly see the benefits of it.
It’s a cheap and quick therapeutic tool. A tool to process your thoughts and feelings deeper, to rediscover yourself, and take steps towards changing your life. There is a biochemical change when we journal the old-fashioned way with pen & paper. And writing with our hands rather than typing or making voice notes is extremely beneficial.
When we take pen to paper we can process our thoughts and feelings within us at a deeper level. Writing is a way to grab hold of your thinking & train yourself to think a little bit slower to process those thoughts. There’s even a 3-step process to it…
- Thinking is the first process
- Writing is the second process
- And reading what has been written is the third process
These processes allow us to slow down, think deeper, and dig into our subconscious to pull things out we may not have been able to find otherwise.
Journaling as a therapeutic tool is really the cheapest and quickest way to get deeper within yourself. And it’s more than just documenting your day. It’s big deep questions about ourselves and really focusing on what’s happening in our lives.
Journaling is super easy too. You just take everything from your head and put it on paper! There is no wrong way to do it, you don’t have to make it ‘perfect’ – remember, perfection is an illusion! You are the only one who will ever read your journal (unless you decide to share it, but again, that’s your choice) you don’t need to worry about spelling mistakes or grammar, just write. We like to call this style of writing a brain dump. Focus on dumping whatever is in your brain.
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Use journaling as a therapeutic tool to help process your thoughts & feelings on a deeper level.
Therapy Tip: As you brain dump, remember that you don’t have to believe everything you think. Have an open mind as you write things down – look at every angle, can there be a different story? A different belief? Where did the belief come from in the first place?