Journaling is a great way to reflect on your day. It helps you put things into perspective.
Yet . . . how often do you refrain from expressing your true feelings in your journal?
After all, someone may find your journal and disrespect you by reading it.
So how do you express ALL of your thoughts and feelings? And do so without fear that anyone will find and read them?
Safe Journaling is a way to expressing everything you’re thinking or feeling – even those thoughts and feelings that you judge to be bad, ugly, mean, hateful, nasty, and so forth.
Not only is the journal a place that’s safe for you to express everything – it’s a journal that you keep safe from being seen my anyone!
How do you do that?
It could be as simple as a loose leaf notebook that you write in and as soon as you’re done you shred the papers, or burn them, or whip them into a water-logged frenzy in a blender and use them as compost for your garden.
You can use your computer and encrypt the document with a 42 character password, or type in your feelings with your fingers on the wrong key, or use a language other than your own that no one else can read!
Whatever it is that you use or do – you need to know that it’s your safe place to emote and express and let it all out.
Why Do Safe Journaling
Thoughts and emotions fly through your head faster than you can blink an eye. By capturing and labeling what you’re feeling, you’re slowing down your emotional responses.
This makes it easier to deal with them, and in turn, they have less of an effect on you.
Even though you may have heard differently having these “dark” feelings does not make you a bad person. They’re simply a part of being human just as feelings of love, happiness, appreciation, gratitude, and kindness are a part of you as well.
What’s important is to identify and acknowledge these feelings, while not judging yourself for having them.