Moxie ConsultationRae Hight, RN, MA, LMHC

Journaling Information | Journaling Instruction
Benefits of Journaling | Journaling Tips | Poetry Information
Sample Journaling Techniques | Quotes & Writing Prompts

JOURNALING TIPS

There are no rules!
Many people don’t journal because they don’t want to deal with all the "rules” they have heard. In all reality, the only “rule” is that you begin!

Make each new journal “your own.”

When you purchase a new journal, write something special on the inside cover. Tape nice cards on random pages. “Introduce” the journal with a brief note or letter to yourself … is there anything special you want to learn from your writing?

Appreciate your journal writing time ... it is a gift of health.
Allow yourself to see journaling as a special time of releasing; a time just for you to “say” all that you want. Record an event, write about a feeling, explore something special that has changed your life. Five minutes of journal writing is amazingly rewarding and refreshing for the spirit.

Date your entries.
Although this is not a “rule,” it is a suggestion for more satisfying journal writing. As you review your journal, you’ll come across information, thoughts and feelings that are significant. Though you believe “I’ll remember when that happened,” time frames get lost in the shuffle of daily life. A quick notation of the date provides a framework for the life you’ve been living.

Keep a List of “Writing Prompts”
Most often when we journal, we are able to think of situations, feelings, or circumstances that are forefront in our thoughts. Sometimes, however, we might feel “stuck.” When this happens, we can benefit from prompts. It is helpful to keep such lists handy for those times when the words just won’t come.

Sentence Stems
  • A word that describes me is …
  • When I check inside, I find …
  • The person I feel closest to is…
Questions
  • What aspect of my emotional being do I want to feel settled with?
  • What do I enjoy most about being (where) or (with whom)?
  • What do I fear most now?
Quotes
  • A friend is someone who sees through you and still enjoys the view. Alan Cohen, inspirational speaker. Write about a friend who has been there for you, “warts and all.” If this isn’t a current friend, write about the era in which this person was in your life.
  • You should always know when you’re shifting gears in life. You should leave your era; it should never leave you.” Leontyne Price, American Opera Singer. Write about a different time in your life in which you did something that now seems unexpected in terms of the contexts in which you were living and the expectations of those around you.
  • If you think you can, you can. And if you think you can’t, you’re right.” Mary Kay Ash, Founder and Chairman Emeritus, Mary Kay Cosmetics. Look back over the last five years of your life. Did you accomplish things that were difficult but you “just knew” you could do it? Look ahead to the next two years. List out three goals you’d like to accomplish, knowing they might be challenging, but attainable.



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