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8 Ways to Maximize Your Journal Time

Journaling your thoughts is a great tool in recovery. There is something about putting your thoughts onto paper that helps clear out the mind clutter and even provides a little perspective on what is going on in our lives. If you are like many of us, thoughts don’t always roll out of our pens when we want them to, so a few of the following tips may help maximize your journaling time:

  1. Write every day. If you commit to daily entries, it will become habit.
  2. Set a goal for how many lines or pages you wish to write everyday.
  3. Tell your internal editor to take a hike. This is for your eyes only, no need to censor or have perfect grammar.
  4. Use a certain phrase to get started, for instance, “Today was interesting…” or “Good evening,” etc. You can also include the forecast or a quote for the day, and a word that describes your mood.
  5. Even if you don’t think you have anything to say or don’t feel like writing, write anyway. Something will come.
  6. Get to know yourself by writing lists of things you like/dislike, things that anger you, things you’re proud of, and of course, things that you are grateful are in your life.
  7. Take a different approach. Imagine how someone else or someone from a different culture would approach your problem.
  8. Set daily and longer-term goals, and record your progress towards them. You could use a status bar or pie chart if you so choose.

Journaling doesn’t have to be a daunting tool in your recovery. Try describing the world as you see it, write an entry as though you were ten years younger or older, or draw pictures and illustrations within. Have fun with your writing, and if you’re stuck, don’t sweat it. You can include ticket stubs, pictures, or song lyrics and elaborate on your feelings towards each. The goal is to explore your thoughts, move them out of your head (which can be a frightening neighborhood as an addict), and put your feelings to paper. This is one of many tools you will learn in treatment. If you or a loved one is struggling with addiction, give us a call. Recovery is possible, and we can help you get there.

Detox is the first step toward a life of freedom in recovery. Addiction does not have to be the end of your story. Make a safe and comfortable detox the first chapter. The Serenity Recovery Center, conveniently located at the Encino Hospital Medical Center, offers a home-like environment for all stages of detox so you can begin your recovery in a healthy state of mind, body, and spirit. Call us today: 866.294.9401