Grief & loss are unfortunately a common part of life. Whether it’s grieving the loss of a loved one, the loss of a job, or even the loss, of an old neighborhood, it’s bound to happen.
What changes is how you cope with the grief.
Deciding to start a grief journal is a great way to help you cope with the grief you’re experiencing.
But the real question is, how do you actually use these journals?
Before starting keep in mind:
- Grief journaling is personal to you
- There’s no right or wrong way
- You don’t have to be a famous writer to start a journal
- You don’t have to buy an expensive/specific journal to do it.
- Consider if you like to write it out or use a more visual way.
After taking those factors into account it’s time to get started in 4 steps.
Step 1: Choose A Grief Journal
There are tons out there.
Don’t stress yourself trying to find the perfect one. Some have prompts & lines to cater to those who love to write.
While others leave blank space for drawings & collages for those who are more visual.
You can even choose not to follow any journal prompts & just write an open letter to your loved one.
You can read a more in-depth post on how to choose the right grief journal for you here.
Step 2: Sit Down
Take the time to sit down & actually start the journal. I suggest using at least 15 minutes a day to journal.
This may be hard for those who don’t like to write. That’s okay. You can answer the questions on the prompts or just start to doodle & see where it takes you.
Either way grab a pen & just start. Don’t stop, don’t cross anything out, & don’t worry about mistakes. Just write.
It’s astounding the way the mind opens up when you just sit & do.
Step 3: Walk Away
After journaling for a bit. Walk away & either rest or resume your normal routine.
You don’t want to keep dwelling. Give your mind time to process what it just exposed.
Step 4: Reflect
Look back on your latest entry. Ask yourself the following questions.
- Do you see any new insights?
- Is there something in there that’s making you feel something? Anger? Fear? What is it? How can you solve it?
- How do you feel now that you’ve written?
Sometimes you may not feel as though you’re making progress but you can look at your journal & reflect on it. You will see that there is progress being made step by step.
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