Journal Keeping for Health and Productivity - NL 4/26/22
Journaling is one of the most valuable and accessible self-help tools available.
In times of stress and duress, journaling can help work through some of the most difficult life challenges, such as the death of a spouse with the difficulty that follows.
Drawing, Writing, and Journal Keeping have a history dating back to prehistoric times when people put events on the cave walls with primitive graphics. As the written word and art developed, people recorded their thoughts, reflections, intentions, and plans. The purpose of journaling can be for multiple reasons and purposes as creative expression, exploration of ideas, dreams, fears, or worries. The value could be the searching for deeper understanding, insight, or meaning. But most commonly are the need for personal organization, goal setting, and planning.
The journal can be an essential tool for discovery, healing, and getting back into balance and the flow of life. In therapy work, journaling becomes a valuable tool to prioritize life choices and concerns, support positive self-talk and affirmations, and increase awareness of negative thoughts and related behaviors. Journaling today can be in many forms and recorded methods: some like the simplicity of writing or drawing on a piece of paper; others use modern technology, such as computers, smartphone apps, dictation methods, design programs, or interactive programs with guides and prompts.
An award-winning author, grief support advocate, and marketing consultant, Linda Donovan shares a personal piece about the healing power of journaling in her life as an opening to our exploration of a valuable tool anybody can use. Dr. Parks then continues the narrative about the history and purpose of journaling, how his fascination with it developed, journal types, benefits, eight tips for doing journal keeping, and resources.