I tend to use it to empty my thoughts for the day. Im not always sure what I will write about until I start. I try to let my mind free flow and just write down the thoughts. It can be a strange experience sometimes, like I can only see the sentence I am currently working on and the next doesn't reveal itself until I have finished the previous one. I have found it has helped me slow down and follow my train of thought. I've been able to work through unresolved thoughts about past experiences in a way that keeps me accountable. I try to use 'I' messages rather than 'You' (e.g. 'I feel / think' rather than 'You made me' etc). I think it has helped keep me responsible for my own emotions and meaning making. I do sometimes have the urge to write down a 'You' message when I feel stuck. So when I write it down I follow it with 'I' messages. It actually helps me to start to unpack what I'm struggling with because I know it's coming from a place of blame. It also helps validate some of those go to, gut reactions of blaming without agreeing and just seeing them from the surface.
- If you could journal only once a day, when would it be?
- Do you think an expensive journal or planner is worthy to purchase?
- How do you feel after writing down how your feeling
- What’s your favourite writing prompt or bit of advice that you’ve come across?
- Do you journal in the morning or in the evening?
- Do you prefer a physical journal or a journal app?
- What do you enjoy writing about most? Do you ever want to publish your work?
- What is the best way of writing?
- What is worth to write in the journal or what people used to write in a journal?
- 1st, 2nd or 3rd person perspective, which do you prefer?