It’s one of those weeks when writing in my journal doesn’t come easy…so frustrating. The words just won’t come. I get hung-up thinking that I have to write profoundly and that every sentence has to be meaningful. And I think that I have to write about the “important” things…and nothing seems that important. So, I remind myself why I’m journaling…to reclaim the parts of myself that I have closed off or buried, and give those parts a voice, and to do this creatively. I know that journaling doesn’t have to be this hard. In fact, there are lots of ways I can journal my thoughts that are easy and expressive. I can…
- write a single word that expresses what I’m feeling or the essence of my day
- write what I’m feeling (my mood) in the moment without censoring it
- make bullet points of the highlights of my day or week, things that are “important” and “meaningful” to me
- make lists…of anything
- make short, incomplete sentences, again, without censoring
- find a poem, or a saying, or a phrase from a favorite read that says what I’m feeling
And when the words won’t come, that’s ok too, because I can create a collage with images that expresses exactly what I feel…even when I don’t have the words.
I’ve started creating a list of ways to journal, so that when I’m stuck, I can turn to my go-to list. I would love to hear your ideas, and the ways that you get unstuck when the words won’t come.