Monday, November 12, 2007
Journaling to Better Health
"I will write myself into well being." ~ Nancy Mair
Most people consider their work to be stressful. But many writers consider their work a pleasure and, at times, therapeutic.
Journaling, for one, is considered a healthy habit. I don’t find the time to journal every day. Sometimes, my entries go at least a month apart; yet, I make sure I continue to fill my pages. Recently, I glimpsed a local news article about the various benefits of journaling. I didn’t think much of it at first, but then I sat down and discovered the benefits are numerous. Journaling helps with:
• Stress management
• Recording memories
• Self exploration – discovering patterns, achievements, strengths, weaknesses
• Problem solving
• Sparking imagination
• Preventing foot-in-mouth mistakes
This is just a quick list, and I’m sure more advantages exist.
If you’re not a journal writer, but you’d like to give it a try, here are a few prompts to get you started:
• Write about a goal that you made into a reality.
• Choose one of the worst times of your life, and write about the best that came from it.
• Write about your biggest fear and how you could overcome it, even if it means visiting a hypnotist.
• Describe a memorable rejection from a publication.
• List out all the parts of your life for which you are truly grateful.
• Make a list of the people in your life for whom you feel the most grateful.
• What’s the weirdest memory you have? Chronicle it from beginning to end.
• Make a list of all the dreams you wish to come true before you die.
• Describe the strangest dream you can recall, or a recurring one.
• Write about the biggest, best, or most memorable party of your life.
• Spark a story for fiction from an amazing or unbelievable memory.
• Write about the last time you laughed so hard that you cried.
• Reflect on one of the most blissful moments in your life.
• Reveal a random act of kindness in great detail.
• What’s your best quality?
If these prompts don’t spark a series of word streams, then just write whatever pops into your mind. If you feel comfortable, send your journal entry here to put on the blog, even if you want to post anonymously. Let us know. This could be a lot of fun.
One of the best parts of journaling: there are no rules or guidelines to follow. You create your own path.
Now, if we could only walk or hike while we write in our journals, then we’d improve our physical health, too. Unfortunately, I don’t know a single person who can walk and write without bumping a wall, stumbling, or falling down.
Hmmm. Maybe I should ask for a voice recorder for the holidays. ;-)