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Published February 13th 2011
Do you feel like you have a lot that you want to say but not necessarily comfortable with sharing it with others? Or maybe you have some brilliant ideas floating around in your head but not quite sure what to do with them. Writing is an excellent outlet and a way to organise your thoughts. If you just need to vent or explore your feelings, it is an inexpensive form of therapy. Starting a journal doesn't require you to be a wordsmith nor do you need a flashy journal. All you need is a pen and a notebook. Journaling allows you to capture your feelings, thoughts or ideas and reflect on whatever you want without the fear of judgment. Remember that your journal is for your eyes only so feel free to express yourself in as many (or few) words as you like.
There are many benefits to keeping a journal including capturing memories, sharpening ideas, experimenting with writing styles or just having a vent. If you had a bad week at work, put it in words – you might be surprised at how relieved you feel after getting all the frustration out. Of course, your journal entries don't always need to focus on the negative. Take time out to remember the sweet parts of your day or jot down an amusing sight you witnessed. You'll enjoy looking back on your journal and remembering those moments.
There aren't any rules to journal writing though you will find more benefit from writing regular entries. Aim to write in the journal daily. If you are crunched for time, then try to write weekly. If you can, find a peaceful and inspirational place to write in your journal whether it's in a park, café or on your balcony just as long as you are comfortable in your surroundings.
A journal is flexible in that you don't always have to stick with words. Have a play with other forms of expression: Sketch a scene or make a collage. Sometimes it is difficult to articulate feelings but using other art methods can prove to be just as rewarding and therapeutic. Personalise your journal with whatever is special to you whether it be photos, concert tickets or a note from a friend.
It's easy, inexpensive and good for your soul. Still not sure where to start? There are endless resources available on the web. Check out some of these articles on journaling to help give you a dose of inspiration: