Family Matters Counselling: Journaling
There’s a type of journaling that will compliment and inspire each of us. I use a few different types of journals: one to take notes in, one to schedule my life, and one for travel documenting. Do I write in each one every day? No, not even close, but they are there and I love them.
The original thinking that a journal can only document your every day life has shifted. A journal is a safe place, its purpose being to provide an outlet. Taking time to reflect is a caring gesture to yourself.
10 Journal Prompts
1. What are you looking forward to
2. Your goals (project, business, home life)
3. Express your anxieties
4. Self portrait - with or without describing words
5. Who or what inspires you
6. A joyful memory from your childhood
7. A love letter to yourself
8. Favorite quote(s)
9. List of your favourite songs/bands
10. Reflect on your day using bullet points
It is good to have an end to journey toward; but it is the journey that matters, in the end. — Ernest Hemingway
There Are No Rules
There is no perfect way to journal. Some days writing may take up many pages while other days may just be a word. If you have the gift of drawing or painting, allow your journal to be an artistic compilation of sketches. There are so many different ways to express your emotions on paper … so explore them all!
Find A Journal You Like To Look At
It sounds silly, but a journal that’s aesthetically pleasing will tend to get more use. Go to a stationary store or little boutique and find a journal that’s most like you, one that you would want to sit on your nightstand or carry around in your purse. Look into what kind of paper it has — do you want lines or no lines, spiral or bound? There are so many options, have fun with it!
Use It When You Want
Does the fear of committing to a journal keep you from starting? Why? Whether it’s every day, once a week, or once a month… it’s your choice. Your journal is your own to write in as you please. No commitment specifics are necessary.