Journaling can be a critical tool to help you advance in your personal healing process. For example, a journal can be used to record your trauma related recovery struggles and accomplishments or to identify – and work through – difficult emotions. Reflection of past journals also help to hold you accountable – when you write something down on paper it becomes a reality. So if you commit to something, such as recovery, leaving a toxic situation, starting Keystone Habits, etc. you have a written documentation of the commitment you made to yourself. It is also an incredible self reflection tool which helps you see how far you have come over a period of time.
There are many forms of Journaling –
- A Daily Life Diary – where you document your daily life events and how they make you feel
- A Morning Goal Setting Journal – when you wake up with a clear mind mind and a fresh perspective sit down with a nice hot cup of coffee or tea and document what you want your daily accomplishments to be, either personal or professional or both – then you can visit this journal at the end of each day to see how you were able to accomplish these goals
- Evening Reflection Journal – an amazing way to reflect on the day’s events and ponder ways that you may have thought or behaved differently that would have involved better choices or celebrate the way you handled something
- A Gratitude Journal – this is an amazing way to show how grateful you are for all that you have in your life (no matter how big or small). Read your list out loud each day and thank the Universe for all it has provided you
There are also more specific journaling topics that help us to think about who we are and what we want from life.
Below are some suggestions:
- Who and what inspires you
- Are you where you want to be in life
- What are our beliefs of a Higher Power
- Are you living your Highest Self
- What is missing from your life
- What does your perfect mate look/act like – describe him
- How do you feel about yourself
- What would you change about yourself if you could
- Do you have any regrets
- Where do you see yourself in 5 years – describe
- What are you most grateful for – list
- Does history repeat itself in your life
- Are you stuck in a pattern
- What is the greatest lesson you have ever learned
- What are your greatest fears – list
These are just a few ideas to get you started on your Journey to deeper thinking.
Enjoy this time with your thoughts and seeing what putting them on paper brings to life for you!