I just finished a journal. I bought this A5 200-page notebook in March and it’s already finished. Funnily enough, I realize that over 50% of the journal was used since June. This is when I started to go through a difficult time, with health and personal issues. Work was good but stressful as well. And I wrote about it all in my journal. It felt so good to get it all out at the end of day or whenever I had the time really. I realize I wrote page after page about my thoughts, feelings, and fears. There were days when I wrote the same thoughts over and over again, because that was all that was going through my mind. And all this writing saved me.
People deal with difficult times in different ways. Some people lean on family and friends, some people go to psychiatrist, some people write. At the end of the day, it all boils down to the same thing, opening up, talking, and not repressing your emotions. The perfect word for this that comes to mind is a word I learned was back in school in English Literature….
CATHARSIS – the process of releasing, and thereby providing relief from, strong or repressed emotions. (source: Google)
Writing in my journal was cathartic for me… it helped me through days I felt down or scared. It’s a habit I will not give up easily and I’m better off for it.