find that keeping a personal journal is a paramount part of their daily mental
health regime. For those who have never kept a journal before, this
may seem intimidating, silly or even worthless.
give up on keeping a journal, let's discuss some of the benefits.
What is a
A journal is
an account or record of what you are thinking. In a personal journal you
have the freedom to express all of your positive and negative thoughts,
feelings, what you are noticing about yourself and others, and what you are
experiencing. This can be written out by hand, recorded on a tape
player, or typed onto a word processor or internet journal. Many internet
sites are now available for keeping personal journals, (see link below or do a
web search to find one you like).
some of the benefits of "journaling"?
gives you time to reflect on your day. It increases your self awareness,
and personal insight. Journaling can also give you a historic perspective
on how you have changed. It gives you insight on what works and what
doesn't. A journal can be an excellent resource on what things
"trigger" certain responses or even episodes. A journal is also
a place to "let go", without the fear that you will be judged by
use their journals every day several times a day, for instance: in the morning,
to start the day with a fresh start and help identify goals for the day; in the
afternoon, a mid-day break to collect thoughts; and in the evening to review the
day's events and how you responded to them. This is the best way to
start journaling, it gets you into the right habit.
journal once a day. Still others journal when an important positive or
negative event happens, or when they feel a mania or depression episode coming.
really no right or wrong time to journal.
How to get
you are writing to a best friend. Be loose and don't worry about grammar
or spelling. One day you, your family or even your doctor could use this
journal to better understand what you are experiencing.
Use a theme
such as a poem, anger, a quote or saying.
the following questions:
awareness did I have today?
Today I most
most often on my mind today?
How am I
particularly liked about myself today was:
How did you
relate to others today?
How did you
cope with problems today?
behaviors do I need to keep?
behaviors do I need to adjust?
BPW kc 3/2004