Who Can Journal?
- Anyone who wants to focus on aspects of their life from emotions to goals.
- Women, men, children.
- Anyone who wants to focus on internal or external goals.
- People who want to record memories or experiences.
Journal Prompt #1 Describe yourself and why you want to journal or why you came to this class.
The Benefits of Journaling
- Manage anxiety and help reduce stress as well as help with depression and PTSD.
- It helps you prioritize things in your life such as your goals, fears, concerns.
- It helps you look at how you see things and complete self-talk and analysis of your actions and words. It helps your self being.
- It stimulates creativity and helps you find your voice.
- It improves your memory in everyone- students, working and older people.
- Scientific Studies show that it helps strengthen the immune system, drop blood pressure, and help you sleep better too.
- Helps you keep track of goals- food, workout weight loss, career, school etc.
- It teaches you about your triggers and how to handle them.
- It helps you stay focused and not procrastinate on projects.
- If you are writing with gratitude, then it shows you what the bright side of life.
Journal Prompt #2 – Write about what benefits you may get from journaling
How to Journal
- Find the right journal for you. There are many types and we will talk about this next.
- Find a quiet place to journal free from distractions and interruptions.
- Chose the time of day- morning or evening or both? How often do you want to journal?
- Write when you want to reset your day or when you are out of your regular routine.
- Set how long you want to journal – 5 minutes or an hour.
- Find a style of writing that you like – bullets, formal, conversational. There is no wrong or right way. IT can change all the time. It can be anything that you wish.
- Give yourself some time to think during and after. Do not rush.
- Journal about what you want to. Simply think about what comes to mind. Be honest with yourself.
- Do something creative and change the style up each time.
- Keep the journal private. Use it how you chose.
Journal Prompt #3- How will your journaling time look like? What will be easy and what will be a challenge?
Types of Journals
- Nature Journals- keeping track of things that they see in nature and researching more about them.
- Feelings Journal – write about your feelings that you feel right now
- Gratitude Journal – what are you grateful for? Do this in the morning to set your day or evening to help reflect on things that you may see a different way.
- Reading Journal – what are you reading? Reflect on it?
- Bullet Journal – to do list, random ideas, lists of items. This can include taking notes and jotting down thoughts, short term and long-term goals, food, exercise, and more
- Travel and Vacation Journal – these can be pictures, postcards, experiences, and more
- Dream Journal – keep this next to your bed and write in it when you are woken from a dream
- Project Journal – keeping notes of a project that you are working on the plans, the experience, and the outcomes.
- Journalistic Journal- Write about what you see happening around you. You this time to really observe and see what we miss daily when rushing
- Specific Topic – write about anything that you wish
- Spiritual Journal – write about your spiritual readings, experiences, etc.
- Personal Journal – use this like a diary.
- Meditation Journal – use this after your meditation to write your experiences
- Daily Planning Journal – this is great for planning your day
- Workout Journals- keep your workout routine and notes in one place. Take it to the gym with you and use to to see progress
- Weight loss or Gain Journal- Keep track or food, recipes, nutrition
- Memoir Journal – begin writing from as far back as you can remember and go up to present-day
- Pandemic journal – write your experiences about the pandemic.
- Create Your Own Story – You are the hero. Create a fiction/nonfiction fusion story to deal with issues and things in the real world.
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Journal Prompt #4- What type or types of journaling do you want to do?
Things to add to Journaling to help Promote Better Health
- Relax and meditate each day.
- Eat a healthy, balanced diet.
- Exercise regularly—get in some activity every day.
- Treat yourself to plenty of sleep each night.
- Use your journal to make sure you follow these guidelines daily.
- What do you see, hear and smell around you? Write or draw it
- Make a to do list and prioritize it
- What do you feel right now?
- Let us do a guided meditation. What did you see?
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