TIPSY Today™ Blog with Rogena & Colleen | A Footprint of RMJ Editing & Manuscript Service, Colleen Snibson Editing, and Two Red Pens Editing
Take up your pen and write every day.
Release what is bothering you through the pen and onto the paper. Also, write every happy thought. Find something to be thankful for every day.
"Journaling (or keeping letters or diaries) is an ancient tradition, one that dates back to at least 10th century Japan. Successful people throughout history have kept journals. Presidents have maintained them for posterity; other famous figures for their own purposes. Oscar Wilde, 19th century playwright, said: “I never travel without my diary. One should always have something sensational to read on the train.” — Maud Purcell, "PsychCentral Blog"
When I was younger, I always kept a diary. I loved any kind of notebook to jot down a poem or to sketch a tree. Over the years, as life became busy, I no longer took the time to do these kinds of things. I wish I would have stuck with it. Now that I have a line of journals of my own, I'm picking it back up. Since creating the journals, I've heard from many people about the importance of keeping one. It's healthy for the mind and soul, in my opinion.
Let's look at a few of the benefits.
According to Maud Purcell, some of the benefits are:
Look at journaling like many look at adult coloring. It can relieve stress. I'm not saying give up your colored pencils and coloring books, but you could take a half hour a day to do both.
According to C. Lauren Hills on a blog on "Tiny Buddha: Simple Wisdom for Complex Lives," she gives a list of journaling tips that might help you get started:
I suggest taking the time to read both blogs or search online for others. Set aside time every day to just be alone with your thoughts and write a few words. Think of where you are in your life. Write down things you would like to change or do or improve upon. Write down something you are grateful for or something that makes you happy. Write a poem or two. Maybe an idea for your next novel might come out of some of these thoughts. If for no other reason—use this time to relax and meditate. It will help you. Trust me.
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