Journaling allows you to go deeper. Instead of remaining focused on what’s front of mind, you can review what you’ve written and expand on it. Setting down your thoughts allows you to express them more completely. You can use your journal to decide priorities for your next therapy session, although this isn’t necessary for effective work, which can unfold in the natural dialog of a session. You can simply write what you’re thinking or create two columns, one for thinking, another for feelings about the thought just recorded. Think of journaling as a sketch pad that helps you more consciously guide your life. A journal is like a personal blog and doesn’t need to be done daily, only when you want to take time to explore something or get past rumination, which is cycling through the same thoughts without going deeper. If you frequently ruminate or are experiencing racing thoughts, consult your therapist to learn how to slow that process and turn rumination into problem solving.
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