For many people, writing is therapy. When you write your thoughts down, it’s easier to express feelings that may be difficult to say out loud. Journaling is a form of writing where you keep a regular record of your thoughts, experiences and observations. For most of us, a journal is a private way of communicating with our inner selves. It’s a diary, all-grown-up.
It’s easy to start keeping a journal.
There’s no “right” or “wrong” way to journal. Your journal is whatever you want it to be. It can be a letter to yourself, a summary of your day, a record of your feelings, hopes and fears.
Here are a few ideas to help you get going:
Do you find thoughts and fears tumbling around in your head when you’re trying to sleep? You’re not alone. Keep a journal – or even a stack of sticky notes – by your bed. If you can’t sleep, write down the things that are keeping you awake. Get them on paper and out of your head. Chances are you’ll find them easier to manage in the morning.
Through journaling, you’ll discover how strong you’ve been and how much you’ve grown.
Research shows that writing for as little as 20 minutes a month for three months has long-lasting emotional and physical benefits. Journaling can help you get more rest and adjust to a diagnosis of cancer.
When you write your way through treatment, you’ll be able to retrace your steps down the road and see how far you’ve come. You’ll discover how strong you’ve been and how much you’ve grown. Which is a gift in itself.