By B. Lynn Goodwin.
Journaling empowers the world’s number one nurturers: mothers. As a mom and family caregiver, you are a multi-tasking advisor. You give to others and juggle your time. Are you a woman who does not have time to take care of herself? Journaling is an excellent way to get past the problem. If you’re a man who found this site, you likely have many traits in common with women who nurture.
Writing gives perspective. According to university studies, writing saves lives as it restores sanity and balance. Do not underestimate its power.
Journaling helps you explore and process. It gives you “me time.” It validates your worth. When you journal you uncover motives, and explore obstacles. As you do it, you’ll discover strategies to overcome them.
Journaling releases mental toxins, which I’ve personified into Negativity Gremlins. I often invite my Negativity Gremlins to visit the patio, explore the creek, or play on the Interstate. Sometimes I can’t get them to go, but journaling almost always can. It lets me analyze thoughts and celebrate discoveries. As I do it, my Negativity Gremlins slip away.
Not sure how to start? One way is to look around the room for a sensory detail—the way the sun makes a path on the carpet, the way steam rises off a cup of coffee, carrying the aroma of morning with it. Listen to the high-pitched whirring of an omnipresent machine. Start there and see where the sensory image takes you.
If that feels a bit overwhelming, there is an even easier way to do this. Use sentence starts. You can find over 200 of them in my book, You Want Me to Do WHAT? Journaling for Caregivers. They will trigger all kinds of memories, plans, and ideas.
Still not sure? Try it right now. The results will be empowering. Simply pick one of the sentence starts listed here, finish it, and keep going. Let one idea lead to another. Try writing for about ten minutes.
- Let go of…
- When I am tired…
- This week…
- I hope for…
- Sometimes it really upsets me…
These are some of the sentence starts I used in my freewriting group today. We share what’s happening in our lives, and no two lives are the same, so it’s not surprising that our stories went in separate directions. Yours will too. No two of you will write about the same thing.
Try journaling for ten minutes on one of those topics. As you wrote, did you find ideas rising up? Do you have more you want to say?
Read what you wrote and underline the phrases and sentences that have energy for you. Go back and explore them further any time you want.
Write scenes. Record snippets of dialogue. Make lists. Draft letters, even if you never send them. Write poetry. Tell stories. Dig deeper. There is no wrong way to keep a journal. Let writing become your newest passion.
- If you love what you wrote, please share it here!
- If you hate what you wrote, please send it to me, and I promise to find what’s already working!
- If a journaling experience has inspired you, please share it here too.
Too shy to do any of these? Send your writing to me at Lgood67334 AT comcast DOT net. I want to read about all the ways that journaling inspires and empowers women. Men too!