As a child, you probably had a diary that you guarded with your life. I remember mine even had a lil gold lock! I’d stash it under my mattress, as if my crushes were top secret. You may have gotten away from journaling as an adult, but expressing yourself through writing can be extremely therapeutic. Too often, we have so may thoughts jumbled up in our minds or we’re caught in a negative loop ruminating. It can be freeing to get all these thoughts down on paper. As you reflect, it often provides clarity and offers some release. The best part-it’s private-you don’t have to share this with anyone unless you choose. So, be unfiltered and unedited. You can free write or use journal prompts if you feel stuck. Hope these help with any writers block.
Writing through Anger
*What are you angry about? What happened to hurt you? Was it an act by someone else? A situation out of your control? Freewrite for ten minutes, beginning with, “I’m angry because …”
*What does your anger tell you about your life? What does it tell you about yourself?
*Write a conversation with your anger. Ask it why it exists and what positive action it wants you to take to feel better.
*Write several concrete steps you can take, along with how you will accomplish them. How can you respond differently or what do you need to do to protect yourself from being hurt again? For example, if, after writing, you decide your response was due to something that happened long ago—in other words, the recent behavior or event didn’t actually cause, but triggered your anger—you may decide to spend several sessions writing about the original event, or you may decide to seek therapy. If you decide that you need to remove yourself from a harmful situation, write down the actions you need to take.
*Freewrite for ten minutes about all the ways your anger empowers you to change your life, beginning with, “My anger empowers me to …”
The bottom line? Anger can be a negative, destructive emotion, but it doesn’t need to be. When you use writing to process and learn about your anger, you’ll have the power to choose what you want to do with it.
(Courtesy of Writing Through Life)
Writing Through a Breakup
*I’m angry that…
*I’m hurt because…
*What I wish you knew was…
*I deserve more because…
*I’m moving on now because…
*My wish for you is…
*My hope for me is…
Writing For Personal Development
*Think about the most painful experience in your past and write about the ways it has affected who you are today.
*What scares you?
*Do you have a plan? Do you need a plan? Have you had a plan fall spectacularly to pieces? What did you learn?
*What is your take on soul mates?
*Are you a worrier? Is there a particular worry that you can’t shake? How do you cope with worry?
*Dear Past Me . . .
*Dear Future Me . . .
If you’re facing a particular problem not covered here and would like some journal prompts, message me. Happy to help.