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Journal Writing Ideas

If you're looking for journal writing ideas this is a great place to start! Journaling is a great way to build your creative writing skills and it's also a healthy way to relieve the stress we experience throughout our lives.

Journaling helps us to tap into our subconscious allowing us to express our deepest thoughts and dreams. It helps us to expose on paper what we hold deep within our souls. Journaling has allowed us to see into the lives of those who've gone before us and it's also seen as an effective therapy for the mind. Psychiatric hospitals often offer empty notebooks to their patients and encourage them to write. Even children as young as Kindergarten are encouraged by their teachers to write in their journal everyday. Journaling is a priceless tool that should be encouraged and continued throughout the entire course of your life.

What Should We Write About?

Journal writing ideas can be anything from how you are feeling to where would you like to vacation and why. With so many journal writing ideas, it's easy to get started.

For people with high stress lifestyles, emotional problems, or struggle with anxiety or depression, journaling about these issues can help us sort things out and see things in better perspective. Oftentimes through writing about these things we expose our automatic negative thoughts and through exposure we are then better equipped to build more truthful, positive thoughts.

Questions We Can Ask Ourselves

A great way to get journal writing ideas is to ask ourselves some of the following questions:

Of course there are thousands of questions you could ask yourself to get journal writing ideas. The Complete Book of Questions: 1001 Conversation Starters for Any Occasion  is a great book that will keep you journaling for a very long time.

Another great read is Writing to Save Your Life: How to Honor Your Story Through Journaling. Michele Weldon introduces the regimen of "scribotherapy" as a process for using one's own words to find relief from life's difficulties and to celebrate the joys past and present. Weaving together personal experiences and anecdotes from students and readers, Weldon expertly demonstrates how writing can be instrumental in the healing process.

How Will You Keep Your Journal?

More journal writing ideas come from asking the question, How will I keep my journal?

Although it is common for people to journal in spiral notebooks they are not always the best choice. Depending on how you want to preserve your writings will have a lot to do with how you choose to keep your journal. Here are few choices to consider:

Additional Resources

For additional information on journal writing ideas, check out the following additional resources.

Writing Down Your Soul: How to Activate and Listen to the Extraordinary Voice Within  by Janet Conner

Journal to the Self: Twenty-Two Paths to Personal Growth - Open the Door to Self-Understanding bu Writing, Reading, and Creating a Journal of Your Life  by Kathleen Adams

Excellent Tips on how to write a journal.

Journal Writing, Positive Thought Replacement & Recognizing your Self-Talk

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