If you are having trouble getting started, here are some ideas to get the juices flowing:• Write about your worries and fears
Anything will do! The act of writing is extremely therapeutic, especially when writing about thoughts you don't share with others. Read more about the health benefits of journaling here.
Still can't get inspired? Here are some questions that may help you begin. Don't answer them all at once, but pick a few here and there to get your feet wet. Or, just click on the Prompts icon on the top right of the Pad. Learn more about Prompts here
TODAY:• What did you do today?
THE PAST:• Is there something that has been on your mind lately?
THE FUTURE:• What are some of your dreams for the future?
The following is the instructions given to participants of studies on journal therapy. The effects of following this paradigm have been astounding.
For the next three days, write about your very deepest thoughts and feeling about the most traumatic experience of your entire life. In your writing, really let go and explore your very deepest emotions and thoughts.
You might tie this trauma to your childhood, your relationships with others, including parents, lovers, friends, or relatives. You may also link this event to your past, your present, or your future, or to who you have been, who you would like to be, or who you are now. You may write about the same general issues or experiences on all days of writing or on different topics each day.
Not everyone has had a single trauma but all of us have had major conflicts or stressors ñ and you can write about these as well.
All of your writing will be completely confidential. Don't worry about spelling, sentence structure, or grammar. The only rule is that once you begin writing, continue to do so until your time is up.
Warning: Many people report that after writing, they sometimes feel somewhat sad or depressed. Like seeing a sad movie, this typically goes away in a couple of hours. If you find that you are getting extremely upset about a writing topic, simply stop writing or change topics.