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5 Ways Journaling Can Help You Get Through the Hard Stuff

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5 Ways Journaling Can Help You Get Through the Hard Stuff
"In the journal I do not just express myself more openly than I could to any person; I create myself. The journal is a vehicle for my sense of selfhood. It represents me as emotionally and spiritually independent. Therefore (alas) it does not simply record my actual, daily life but rather-in many cases-offers an alternative to it."

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Getting Through the Hard Stuff with Journaling

Getting Through the Hard Stuff with Journaling
  • Journaling is the act of processing the past (and even the future) in the here and now.
  • Writing is and of itself **cathartic.
  • Feelings and experiences become **less overwhelming.
  • Reading back helps reveal patterns.
  • You can use creative journaling to change your story.

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Start your daily journal off on the right foot by scheduling your writing for a set time every day.

  • If you find your mind is most active in the morning, wake up 15 to 20 minutes earlier and jot down your thoughts then.
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