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Try A Diary

February 8th, 2013 ~ Est. reading time: 1 min, 49 secs

Try a diary.

You might laugh about having a diary. “Dear Diary. Today is the first day of my life. I can hardly wait. See you tomorrow. Me.” But there’s more to keeping a journal than meets the cliché.

A diary of substance is actually a very good thing. It needn’t and I suspect shouldn’t be a slavish experience where you have to write in it every day. Far better to write something once or twice a week, or, as frequently as you feel the need. That way, you can approach the process comfortably.

There are umpteen themes for keeping a diary. So you need to consider what makes best sense to yourself. For instance, people keep diet diaries, secret diaries, pain diaries, and much more besides.

But what immediately comes to mind for me is the value of a diary as a means to process your thoughts and feelings about what’s going on in your life. If you suffer from loneliness, anxiety, or self-doubt, a diary can be a brilliant tool to let you express your feelings as you go.

Those going through a major life trauma like a marriage break up or the death of a family member or friend can find much comfort and insight in writing. This kind of “journaling” allows for self-expression and exploration at your convenience, and can be a big help when a good friend isn’t close at hand.

Your words might be a stream of consciousness, with the worst spelling, grammar, and handwriting imaginable. But if they allow for catharsis, your diary will be immensely powerful.

Just be sure to keep the contents of your diary secure. Part of the process is sharing openly with your self, allowing the structure of writing define your feelings more clearly and intimately. So hide it well! Unless, of course, you want somebody to discover it (that adds an extra dimension completely).

As a way of offloading anger, frustration, grief, or confusion, a diary is an excellent medium. So, if you feel okay expressing yourself in print, try it. Most likely, you’ve tried it before. But this time, write to express, not to impress, prove, or even create. Just use your journal as a means to thinking and feeling better. If it doesn’t work out after a few weeks, let it rest. But if it does, prepare to be impressed. Some people find keeping a private diary the best method ever for self-expression and reflection. But will it work for you? Try it and see how you go.


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