One of the best ways we can heal is by getting the thoughts that crowd our minds out on to paper. Let’s face it there is a lot going on up there, we are constantly thinking, analysing and sometimes it can be very overwhelming. By letting the thoughts out on to a piece of paper you can let go of things that we shouldn’t be so worried about. It clears the mind so you can focus on things that you love and feel happy.
The best thing about keeping a journal is that it’s all yours. You never have to show it to anyone. You can have your deepest and darkest thoughts written out and you don’t have to ever read them again. When you write out these thoughts it releases them and you find clarity. You’ll be surprised some days with what you write out, you’ll find out things about yourself that you didn’t know before.
You might be thinking but how do I know what to write about? Where do I start? Let’s start with types of journaling you can do.
There are a few different types of journals that you can have or combine into one. Here are a few examples.
Expressive – getting everything off your chest, letting go of thoughts that are driving you crazy.
Affirmation – Setting intentions for your day or how you want to feel. EG – Today is going to be….. OR I am……
Prompts – Having writing prompts that you can answer honestly. This is great for self-discovery.
You can go with one of these or have a journal that combines all of them. Now that we know the different types you can have, here are some prompts and examples to get you started.
Journal prompt ideas:
Self-check in – Am I doing ok?
Today was bad because …
I am …
My ideal day looks like …
In my life, I need more …
Ten things I love about myself and why …
If someone else described me they would say …
The person I look up to the most is and the reasons why are …
From ‘Daring Journey – A teenager’s guide to being unapologetically you’
Positive affirmations to say, write down and repeat to yourself:
believe in myself
Overcome a fear
Make someone feel special
Treat myself with kindness
Be aware of my needs
Do something brave
My life is……
What I make it
Full of love
Full of possibilities
From the positive affirmations deck by ‘Shining Your Light’
Remember there is no right or wrong way to do it. This is for you only, so have some fun, experiment with new techniques, and find what works best for you. You’ve got this.
One of the best ways we can heal is from the inside out.
If you are looking for a daily prompted journal to help you connect with yourself on a deeper level check out My Daring Journal here or get your free 28-day journal here.