I’ve always been an aspirational journaler. I can’t tell you how many notebooks I have lying around that are half used because I tried to start and never got into it. And then I decide that instead of just going back and picking up where I left off, I get a new book.
My journals are like a graveyard full of those who died too young. Half formed thoughts, lives and just a month or two worth of teen angst scrawled over 20 pages (give or take). But, as someone who is a total mess of angst, dread and foreboding, getting my feelings out can be an incredibly useful technique.
Enter, free journaling. Free journaling is an amazing way to purge yourself from all your shit. I’ve recently tried to give it a go, and honestly, it’s kind of changed my life. The concept is pretty simple. Basically you take a notebook, piece of paper, any old writing surface, and you just start. Don’t think about it, don’t worry about spelling and grammar, just write.
I’ve filled pages of free formed, stream of consciousness, trains of thought. It’s become almost a form of meditation. The kind of meditation that’s perfect for someone who’s literally incapable of turning off their brain. And the best part is, it can take as little or as much time as you want.
Purging yourself of your worries and concerns can be absolute key to maintaining good mental health. And sometimes, there are things that knock around in our brains that we’re just not ready to tell anyone about. Giving yourself a space free of judgement, even from yourself, to just get everything out can be incredibly healing.
Life is crazy, wild, and it’s easy to become overwhelmed. Giving yourself the freedom to word vomit it all out can be one little thing you can do to alleviate that feeling. I honestly can’t recommend it enough.
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