By Jessica Snow,
P.O.V. Contributing Writer
"A notebook can be a clearing in the forest of your life, a place where you can be alone and content as you play with outrage and wonder, details and gossip, language and dreams, plots and subplots, perceptions and small epiphanies.". This quote from Ralph Fletcher explains that a notebook is more than just a book of empty pages but a place to let go and be yourself.
Journaling is helpful in so many ways. Knock down your stress and anxiety levels by writing daily what's on your mind. Feel it melt away while you make a writing schedule of coffee in bed in the mornings before you start your day or keep your journal near by and jot your thoughts down all throughout the day or even end everyday with a reflection of that days activities. A blank page can do wonders for expressing your problems down and surprising yourself with a solution.
You can write in a cheap spiral notebook, a fancy leather one, pieces of scrapbook paper kept in a bo, and, with todays mobile technology, you can keep your journal password protected with apps on your phone or even the the classic LiveJournal. Pick your weapon your choice will impact how often you write so you can experience the full benifits of journaling. Make you you pick something that won't be discouraging down the road.
Journaling is yours so don't be afraid to keep it just to daily activities. The possibilities are endless! Ranging from to do lists, personal goals, awnsering journal prompts, couples journaling, to writing down your child's progress though the years. Let it express you in every way.
Journaling has been around for thousands of years and its never lost its touch. Though you might have started off with a pre-dated child's diary back in the day, don't let this scare you away from journaling as an adult. If privacy is an issue, don't be afraid to put it out of sight or even explain to your family that the journal is yours and you would expect them to respect your privacy.
So sit down and let your thoughts flow. One of my favorite quotes is; "My journal has become a safe place where I can go and work through stuff." said by Eleanor Erickson, and she's got that right. So pick up a pen and give it a try. You will appreciate rereading your current memories in the long run.