Regardless of your age, race, or gender, we are living in unsettling times. We must stand strong and be self-sufficient in the face of uncertainty. Journaling your thoughts and emotions can be an effective way to cope without requiring a lot of resources.

There are multiple benefits to writing. Journaling thoughts, feelings, and emotions can help us survive difficult times.  Effective journaling helps us confront inhibited emotions, process difficult events, and make sense of confusing situations.

On a lighter note, writing can simply make us feel good! It is a boost to mental health. Regular writing develops a sense of self-control and self-awareness. Through journaling, we can shift our mindset from the negative to the positive.

Effective journaling is more than just a brain dump. Here are a few tips to keep your journaling experience positive and constructive:

  • Structure the writing however it feels right for you.
  • Keep the journal private – spouses, family, and friends do NOT need to read your journal!
  • Give yourself time to write. Set a regular time to journal every day or write three to four times each week.
  • Write in a private place free from distractions.
  • Reflect on your writing once you’re done.
  • If you’re writing to overcome a trauma, be patient with yourself.  It is okay to write in bits and pieces easing yourself into a routine. 

Ready to get started? Here is your first journal prompt: 

Write about a moment experienced through your body or imagine it happening to a fictional character. The experience could be simple or complicated, such as cooking dinner, mowing the lawn, taking a bubble bath, attending a party, going to the movies, etc.

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