Journal Everyday | Pick The Form That Suits You

February 15, 2015

 

While any kind of journal writing can be rewarding, certain types of journals can have very different benefits. Here are some you may want to explore.

 

A Story Book

 

Human beings are natural story-tellers, and keeping a story journal can be especially helpful if you're depressed, struggling with a sudden crisis or unresolved tragedy, or living with a chronic ailment.

 

Stories have a beginning, middle and end. Write your experience much as you would tell a story. Some experts advise writing about the same episode several times; the retelling often gives new perspective.

 

A Worry Book

 

This format can benefit those who suffer from anxiety, stress, or insomnia. Draw a line down the center of a page. On the left, write some of the issues that are upsetting you and on the right list some of the steps you've taken to address the problem, or some solutions you can try. Use this space to plan, organize and strategize for the future.

 

A Daily Log

 

This log is useful if you want to get more fit, spend less money, understand your body's rhythms, or chart your recovery from illness. Use this journal to keep track of anything from growing a garden to growing a child.

 

In this journal, you simply record the facts: how far you walked or how long you exercised, how much you spent on what, how your body feels, etc. You may also want to write some narrative in addition to the "facts."

 

A Couple or Family Journal

 

Enhances communications, deepens emotional bonds, encourages trust and intimacy.

The journal is left in a place where everyone has free access, anytime. Each person is encouraged to write, recording his or her thoughts or feelings, or in response to another person's entry. Remember to write compliments and encouragements as well as writing through problems and misunderstandings.

 

A Gratitude Journal

 

This can be especially helpful to those who are inclined to be pessimistic, depressed, over-stressed or in the midst of a crisis. And it's a journal which can bring anyone joy.

 

Simply make a list of that for which you are thankful. From the smallest to the grandest, the very personal to the global. Every day write five to ten things for which you are grateful. It doesn't matter if you repeat yourself.

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