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Writing has always been a therapeutic method. During my psychology studies I learned how important writing is when I came across the term “free writing”. Free writing is the process of writing where you write what comes to mind. There is no specific subject to focus on. It’s just you and your thoughts, whatever they may be. This time is for you to let out all those annoying thoughts and feelings and begin the healing process.

When you heal, your mind is open to more positive, productive feelings. You will be able to accomplishment more and feel good mentally, emotionally, and physically. How can you use journaling effectively to improve your self-care plan and quiet those negative thoughts?

Choose Your Space

Entrepreneur journaling in New York
Entrepreneur journaling in New York

Space is a key factor when it comes to journaling. You are about to unleash a heavy load of mental and emotional energy. Your space needs to bring comfortable, peaceful energy. You need to feel safe and secure in this space. So, chose wisely. Few examples of safe spaces can be your bedroom, favorite place on the couch, outside in the backyard (by the garden if you have one), at a park or coffee shop. Anywhere you feel your absolute best is where you want to be during this time. As a bonus, bringing along a sentimental thing can help you open up more, if necessary.

Unleashing the Words—Journal Time

Self-care journal
Self-care journal

Now, that you have your space secured. It is time to write out those feelings and thoughts. Grab your favorite journal, the prettier the better. If it has inspirational words on the cover, it is sure to inspire you. I have several journals and they all inspire me to write. Whether it be to get my feelings out, draft articles, or take notes. With that in mind, open that notebook and let the words flow, it does not have to make sense so do not worry about writing things in order. You want this to be a free platform to clear out those daily, weekly, or monthly feelings. You can journal every day or when the feeling comes to you. It is up to you.

Take deep breaths to calm the heart if you feel yours racing or if feelings of anxiety are shining through. Writing can be scary and evoke feelings that you are not ready for. This is normal and you can stop and start again later if necessary. Keep in mind, this is a therapeutic ongoing process, and you can take it fast or slow. We want you to gain back that positive, productive energy that has been hiding. Always remember during this process, you are doing amazing. We often think we are not doing enough when we are right where we need to be.

Even Oprah Keeps a Journal

Oprah writing in tree
Oprah writing in tree

In conclusion, journaling is another significant piece of your self-care arsenal. The more you arm yourself, the more headway you make in the healing process. Getting those negative thoughts out should be a daily or weekly occurrence. Even Oprah takes time to journal. Although life gets busy and we get lost, being available for this can feed your personal and professional productivity. You will be able accept those kind words you tell yourself or that you hear from friends and families. They are right and once you start journaling you will begin to believe those words.

How often do you journal? Let us know in the comments below.

This article originally published on GREY Journal.