When it comes to journaling, there’s no wrong or right way to do it. Journaling is a creative activity, so you can relax and simply do what works for you. But if you’re stuck and not sure what type of journal you need, ask yourself these three questions…
What Do You Want More of in Your Life?
Patty was a real estate agent and single mom. She was busy raising three teenagers and often felt overwhelmed by all the demands on her time and energy. When she thought about what she wanted more of in her life, the answer was clear: inner peace.
So, Patty started a meditation journal that she used each night before bed. She wrote down positive affirmations she wanted to embrace. She recorded how long she meditated for each evening as well as anything that was troubling her.
As time went on, Patty noticed it was easier to sleep at night because she had taken the time to process the noise of the day. Now, she wakes up feeling peaceful and refreshed.
Beth’s marriage crumbled after thirty years when she discovered her husband had cheated on her. Her children were already grown and Beth realized she was alone for the first time in her adult life.
This realization was scary but also exciting. Beth began to think of the ways she’d like to grow and realized she’d always wanted to travel. So she bought a camper with a goal of exploring every state in America.
Along the way, Beth kept a travel journal. She recorded what she was learning about herself, who she’d met, and what she was seeing. The trip gave her the chance to seek out new experiences and consider what she really wanted from the next phase of her life.
What Would You Like to Change about Your Life?
Sarah had struggled with her weight her whole life. When she was a child, she was obese and other kids
bullied her. She frequently binged on junk food like ice cream, candy, and cakes to distract herself from her dysfunctional home life.
When Sarah thought about how she’d like to change her life, her health was her top concern. Sarah’s therapist knew that giving up junk food meant Sarah would need to deal with her emotions, rather than stuffing them down.
So she encouraged Sarah to buy a journal to give herself a safe space to explore her emotions. Sarah started a health and wellness journal where she began to record how she felt instead of snacking to escape. She began to recognize painful situations that triggered her feelings and how to cope with them.
Don’t feel like you have to commit to one journal style right away. You can start journaling and figure it out as you go. So for now, just relax and enjoy the journey.