Journaling

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Journaling can be an extremely helpful tool for self reflection.  There is therapeutic value in having a place to release emotions, solidify goals, track progress and record the experiences of the day.   When used on a regular basis for problem-solving and stress reduction the healing process is greatly enhanced.  In the early stages of recovery there is a lot going on inside of us and journaling creates an opportunity to express thoughts and feelings in a constructive and private way.

“Write down the thoughts of the moment. Those that come unsought for are commonly the most valuable.”  ~ Francis Bacon

Most of us have started a journal at some point but it’s through the regular practice of writing that we begin to realize the true benefits.   Being able to look back over the progress you’ve made is especially encouraging.  The two most important things about journaling are consistency and honesty.  A consistent and rigorously honest record of your experiences and emotional reactions provides a great deal of information about our habits and recurring patterns that can’t be accurately reproduced simply through memories.  Journaling is a method for looking back through our own eyes at the time events actually occur.  Reading through past journal entries without judgment encourages understanding and compassion for the self while promoting self discovery.

There are many types of journals but here are some that are especially useful in recovery:

  •  Step-work Journal
  • Daily Journal of Experiences
  • Goal Setting Journal
  • Success Journal
  • Stream of Consciousness Journal
  • Meditation Journal
  • Prayer Journal
  • Dream Journal
  • Gratitude Journal
  • Health Journal

Tips for journal writing:

  • Find a notebook or open a word document and dedicate that space for journal entries only.
  • Write frequently, daily if possible, allowing the time and privacy to fully explore the topic for that entry.
  • Date your entries for future reference.  Reading through past entries can be even more useful when you attach a timeframe for each writing.
  • Don’t over think.  Just start to write.  Allow the raw truth to show itself on the pages without censorship or concern for writing style.
  • Use writing prompts, step work, quotes, daily meditations, music, artwork and photos to get you started.  Consider writing about specific goals, conflicts, emotions and memories.
  • It can be helpful to have several journals used for different purposes.  Think about combining a journal for goals along with one recording your successes, a prayer and gratitude journal or a journal for your experiences with yoga and meditation while having separate journals for step-work or health goals that serve a specific function.

Much more to come in future posts on the different types of journals, tips and prompts to keep you writing.  Check the category “The Mind” in the right sidebar for ongoing posts.  Visit the page on “Journaling” under the “Mind” menu for books and more information on journaling.

 

Online Journaling Links:

Journal Me Now (journalmenow.com)  Online 10th Step journal to track your progress. The goal is to become balanced through taking a daily inventory and journaling. This site is free for the first 30 days, then $10 per month or $100 for a year subscription.

My Therapy Journal (livingfile.com)  My Therapy Journal is a therapy-oriented online journaling tool. It provides a private and secure venue that tracks progress of personally set goals using graphing software based on cognitive behavioral therapy. 14 day free trial membership.

Penzu (penzu.com)  This site has free sign up to create your own online journal. Visit the site and watch the video on the home page for more information.

Living File (livingfile.com)  Online journaling made easy. Offers insightful information about your life in a new way. Sign up for a free account.

 

  • Patti

    Thank you so much for the links. I am now back on the long rough road to recovery and God willing I will stay the course this time around. I was encouraged to journal the last time but my hand doesn’t move as fast as the brain goes; my typing is though. So finding these online resourses may be a god send to me.

    • http://janedoerecovery.com/ Jane

      You are so welcome Patti! thanks for taking the time to comment and God bless you in your recovery. I don’t know if you follow on facebook or not but their is a lot of great support and interaction on my page there. Virtual meetings every Saturday. We would love to have you join us! Love and Light to you my friend!

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