Writing down Thoughts and Feelings

‍Writing can be a helpful way of getting your thoughts and feelings out of your head and onto paper. Writing about things that are troubling you can be a great way to sort through your thoughts and figure out how you’re feeling. You don’t need to be an expert writer or have a beautiful penmanship to keep a journal; what matters is that you get your thoughts down on paper. If you’re not sure how to get started, think about all the places in which you regularly record things: notebooks, locker notes, school journals, and so on. Once you get going, there are lots of ways to continue with keeping a journal.

Keep an Ongoing Log of your Feelings.

One way to get the ball rolling with journaling is to keep an ongoing log of your feelings. This is a really straightforward way to journal, but it can also be helpful in that it gives you a record of how you’ve been feeling over time. This can be useful if you start feeling like your emotions are getting out of control and you need to figure out if this is a new development in your life or something that’s been going on for a while and you’ve just become more aware of it recently. There are lots of ways you can go about keeping track of your feelings: - You could use a scale to rate how you’re feeling every day. You could rate your mood from one to 10 every day, and then at the end of the month or at the end of the year, you can look back and see how your feelings have changed from day to day. You could write down the situations that elicit certain feelings in you and then try to determine how you can better avoid or manage those situations in the future.

Write Letters to the People Who Have Hurt You.

If you’re having trouble processing a difficult experience and moving on with your life, you might want to consider writing a letter to the person who’s caused you pain. Although you might feel like you want to confront the person who hurt you and make them see how they’ve wronged you, actually confronting them can be incredibly risky and might not lead to the outcome that you want. For example, if you’ve been sexually assaulted and want to confront your assaulter, you might want to write them a letter instead. In your letter, you can outline all of the feelings and thoughts that you’ve been having trouble putting into words. Journaling is a really personal activity, so you might feel like you have to keep it to yourself, but letters can be a great way to get your feelings out without having to worry about someone else reading them and possibly misinterpreting your words.

Try Free Writing or Brain-Storming.

Free writing is a great way to get your creative juices flowing and to help you to let go of the pressure that you might feel to write something perfect. With free writing, all you do is write continuously for a set amount of time (you can set a timer if you want). You don’t stop to edit or revise your work as you go; you just write continuously for a set amount of time. You can use free writing to write out your thoughts and feelings, to work through your problems, or to just let go of stress. Brain-storming is another great way to get your thoughts flowing. With brain-storming, you can write down anything and everything that’s on your mind. When you’re brainstorming, you don’t have to worry about editing or revising your work as you go. All you have to do is write everything down, no matter how silly or weird it might feel to write it down.

Write a List of all the Things You Proud of.

It’s easy to focus on all the things that you don’t like about yourself and the things that have gone wrong in your life, but it’s important that you also make time to recognize all the things that have gone right in your life. Journaling can be a really helpful way to make time to reflect on the positive things that have happened in your life. One way to do this is by writing a list of things that you’re proud of. You don’t have to limit yourself to physical things; you can also make a list of things that you’re proud of inside of you.

Commit to Exercising.

Exercising and journaling can both be helpful ways of dealing with stress and journaling can be a great way to keep yourself accountable when you’re trying to make time for exercise. Journaling can be a great way to make sure that you stick to your exercise plan by helping you to stay accountable for your workouts. All you have to do is write down the exercises that you’re planning on doing, the amount of time that you plan on exercising for, and the progress you’ll make if you stick to your plan.

Don’t be hard on yourself

Even though journaling can be a great way to process your feelings, it’s important not to beat yourself up too much if journaling doesn’t feel like it’s helping you at all. Journaling can have lots of different effects on different people. Some people find that journaling helps them to work through their problems and make peace with their thoughts; others find that journaling just makes them feel worse. There isn’t a right or wrong way to journal, and all you can do is experiment with different ways of journaling until you find something that works for you.