Research indicates that those who express themselves in a journal require less visits to the doctor for their health, than those who don’t. How about you give it a try? RED DOOR is willing to supply 30 RED DOOR Journal pages to people enrolling in our Write Way project before the end of April 2019.*
Expressive writing (writing about your thoughts, reactions to situations, experiences, negative life events) is a self-reflective tool with tremendous power. By exploring emotional moments in our lives, we are forced to examine who we are, our values, our relationships, and ultimately, who we want to become.
*All you have to do is write to us to register. We will send you a brief questionnaire to complete at the beginning, and again at the end of your 30-day journal writing exercise. We believe that writing a journal for 30 days may help you achieve a greater sense of self-reflection, kindness towards yourself, and higher sense of contentment. All you need to do is commit to 30 days of journal writing. You don’t have to share your writing with anyone. These pages will be just for your private thoughts. It is important that you write only for yourself, and that it is kept in a private secure place.
The Write Way project uses specific journal prompts to encourage particular types of reflections around specific issues such as coping with anxiety, going through divorce, dealing with stress, desire to learn more about yourself, and overcoming depressed mood. Some examples are featured within this article.
Here are some of the potential benefits of writing a journal.
Cheap therapy: Without putting counsellors out of a job, the first benefit is that journaling is that it is a form of free therapy for which all types of people can benefit emotionally. Writing about stressful events helps the writer experience the event at a distance, with some much-needed detachment, which helps one review and come to terms with unsettling events. You can rewrite your experience from various perspectives, you can use the reflection to re-examine your feelings.
Resolve conflicts: Writing about your unresolved conflicts with others can help to clarify your own perspective on events, as well as leave you open to reinterpretation of your views, and those of the other party/ parties. Even writing about your emotional reaction inside a dispute is helpful therapy for yourself, as long as you are kind to yourself and non-judgemental. Even if you realise you have done “wrong” inside a dispute, you can use this format to look for reasons for forgiveness or reconciliation.
Access all areas: Journaling increases your self-awareness and your ability to reflect on your decision-making style. For example, you may start to see your internal voice on the page telling you that you MUST and SHOULD be doing things in a certain manner. Ask yourself, especially if you are an adult, why should you or must you do anything? If you record your mood over the course of many days you will be able to assess when you feel better or worse, and how many days you have felt strong and capable as opposed to sad or disconnected. This can help you decide if you can change those behaviours alone, or you would like to search for some additional help.
Stress Buster: When we have too many to dos running around in our heads, as well as heavy expectations that we put on ourselves, we can become overwhelmed. Writing a journal at this time will help you focus, calm your heart rate, and allow you to negotiate with your inner “shoulda-coulda-woulda” voice to help you challenge what items you really need to complete to keep you on your life plan, versus what is just ‘noise’.
Problem solved: When you write out a problem your analytical mind is able to reinterpret the situation from a less emotional perspective, hence we are likely to be able to see different opportunities to challenge situations. If you have a problem to solve, challenge yourself to write of five different solutions to the problem, even include the ludicrous. Even consider to challenge your view of the “problem”. Could it be reframed into an opportunity for you? To grow, to learn, to get ahead, to accept? Simply processing ideas has a way of helping structure a liveable solution.
Increase your sense of gratitude: A positive by product of recounting your experiences is that you also get to acknowledge the sources of support that exist in your life, and the parts of life which are good. If you don’t find this naturally occurring, you can even add a section in your journal – to celebrate three things that you are grateful in every diary entry.
Sounds promising? Then give the RED DOOR Write Way project a try. Send your email to Angela at firstname.lastname@example.org to enrol. The Write Way project uses specific journal prompts to encourage particular types of reflections around specific issues so you might like to inform Angela which issues you would like help with so we can send you the best set for your circumstances.
Topics covered include: coping with anxiety, going through divorce, dealing with stress, desire to learn more about yourself, and overcoming depressed mood.
- RED DOOR reserves the right to refuse to send journal pages to individuals if their problems are beyond the scope of journal writing, or we have exceeded 100 applicants for this project.