Writing

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Writing is one of the most therapeutic activities in the world to me. I’ve been writing since I’ve been a child. Whether short stories, poems, diary entries, or essays, writing has a way of helping me relive my experiences. Writing and letting your thoughts flow without judgment, fear, or rush, increases your ability to connect with your emotional experience. It increases your awareness of your feelings, your thoughts, your patterns, and your actions.

Journaling

I often encourage my clients to journal. And I often get the feedback that they aren’t writers or that they don’t know how to journal, or that it seems daunting. Journaling can be done in short form or long form. You can write a full page or simply put down 3 bullet points about your thoughts and feelings. Journaling is an extremely adaptable activity. It doesn’t have to be every single day of the week, nor does it have to be a morning or night activity. Journaling can be done via apps on your phone or with traditional pen and paper.

There are two important skills that journaling teaches us.

The first skill that consistent journaling teaches us is the skill of discipline. If we think about it, a lot of people we hang around probably struggle with follow through. We say we are going to do something and once the short term high of motivation wears off, we fall off the bandwagon.

We don’t keep up our activities that we commit to once we start finding that our schedules start to get crowded, or something more fun comes along, or we start forgetting our tasks, or we simply just quit. You’ll find it hard to find individuals who actually set a task, build steps to maintain completion of their task, and actually get to the point of completion. Discipline is a skill that is highly imperative to this process of follow through. Journaling consistently creates this skill.

The second skill is emotion regulation. Emotion regulation is a skill that we as humans are quickly losing. More and more people are demonstrating increased difficulty of identifying how they’re feeling and finding healthy ways to manage their emotions. There are also those individuals who struggle with identifying and labeling their emotions.

Emotion regulation teaches us to identify, name, label, and own our emotions. This particular skill also helps us to recognize and build awareness of the emotional experiences of others. Journaling strengthens the skill of emotion regulation by increasing our awareness of our own emotions and behavior patterns. Consistent journaling also increases our awareness of our social and emotional interactions with others, thereby, increasing our awareness of others and their emotional experiences.

Writing Experiences

It is my desire to write a book on healing and wholeness in the next few years. But like all things we desire to do, we can take small steps towards our goals. I’ve written blogs for the American Counseling Association’s Counseling Today online journal. You can view these blogs here:

ACA Counseling Today Member blogs

I was featured as a Distinguished Writer in the Art & Literature Journal, ArtAscent, April 2017, issue 24. I wrote a short story for their Bliss feature.

You can also purchase a copy of my 7-Day e-book devotional, Hearing from God and/or a copy of my workbook, Prolific Life Limiting Beliefs Workbook at the link below.

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Don’t forget to check out the blogs here!

And stay tuned for much more writing to come!

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