What is Expressive Journaling?

Expressive journaling can be your road to de-stressing and re-energizing your mind. It can help you declutter your brain and your soul and help you get feelings out on paper where they can be examined and interpreted. Journaling can help you live more of your life in the moment, as you deal with the past and future in your journal. You’ll feel more secure in your daily life without all that hanging around in your brain, and you’ll find yourself enjoying your days with less worry and pressure.

There are many different types of expressive journals you can use exclusively, or you can mix and match what you want when you want it. We’ll talk about several of the most common types of expressive journals in this article.

  1. Art Journal – Whether or not you are artistically talented, an art journal is an excellent idea if you love to doodle and sketch. What are you feeling? Turn that into a sketch. Draw an outline and then color it with colored pencils or gel pens. If getting better at art is your goal, make the page opposite your creation. Write about how you feel, what you’ve created, and how your progress is coming along.
  2. Gratitude Journal – There’s no better way to increase positive feelings in your life than with a gratitude journal. Each day, reflect on your experiences, what you’re thankful for, and lessons that you want to remember for the future. And then take it a step further and let the people you’re thankful for know about it!
  3. Dream Journal – Each morning, grab your dream journal and write down your dreams from the night before. Leave room after each goal if you come back with different insights later on, and you want to record them. When interpreted correctly, your dreams can tell you a lot about your waking life!
  4. Creative Writing Journal – If stories are your thing, try a creative writing journal. Write a short story every day, or challenge yourself to write a short story in just 100, 200, or 300 words. Challenge yourself and hone your skills!
  5. Positivity Journal – Each day, pick something positive that happened that inspired you. Write about what happened, the people involved, and how it made you feel. It can help you see more positive things in life overall and helps decrease negativity.

Don’t overthink your journaling – just get started and try!

Until next time, stay safe, and keep the faith.

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