What better way to end 2020 than to start a journal, writing down favorite memories and ideas -- and then continue to journal in 2021 to help you reflect, organize, and hold onto memories.
Did you know that journaling has amazing health benefits? Lifehacker says "Regular writing can give you a safe, cathartic release valve for the stresses of your daily life… Not only does regular writing make you feel good, it helps you re-live the events you experienced in a safe environment where you can process them without fear or stress.”
Journaling can be done in as much -- or as little -- time as you need. Date your entry and write down your thoughts for the day. Here are some tips to get you started on your journal from the Center for Journal Therapy:
What do you want to write about? What’s going on? How do you feel? What are you thinking about? What do you want? Name it.
Review or reflect on it. Close your eyes. Take three deep breaths. Focus. You can start with “I feel…” or “I want…” or “I think…” or “Today…” or “Right now…” or “In this moment…”
Investigate your thoughts and feelings. Start writing and keep writing. Follow the pen/keyboard. If you get stuck or run out of juice, close your eyes and re-center yourself. Re-read what you’ve already written and continue writing.
Time yourself. Write for 5-15 minutes. Write the start time and the projected end time at the top of the page. If you have an alarm/timer on your cell phone, set it.
Exit smartly by re-reading what you’ve written and reflecting on it in a sentence or two: “As I read this, I notice –” or “I’m aware of – “ or “I feel –”. Note any action steps to take.
You can find more journaling tips directly at the Center for Journal Therapy at the following link:
Your journal does not need to be penned to paper -- it can be on your computer, it can be pictures or videos, it can be drawings and sketches. Anything that you can think of to help you process your daily life.