Creating Space for Journaling

Journaling requires space. Both emotional and physical. I discussed this previously on Journal Addict. This is a revised edition of that post. 

When keeping a journal becomes a second nature, all many of us need is to simply pick up our journal and a pen, and start scribbling.

Location, as long as relative privacy is ensured, doesn’t matter. Nor does noise or any other distractions. The world surrounding you becomes a part of your journaling experience, and yet you aren’t distracted by it because you are immersed in the journaling process.

But what if you are not yet at that stage?

What if journaling for you is not a second nature, but rather a regular habit that you are trying to cultivate or a hobby you are trying to develop because you need a place to share your thoughts? 

If that is you then sometimes you may find it difficult, because you can’t be bothered to go and find that journal, or a comfortable place to write, or the right environment. 

This is where the issue of space comes in. 

Physical Space

Keep your journal in an easily accessible place. Ideally nearer where you would usually write, such as on your desk, or on the coffee table.

Make sure you feel comfortable with the level of privacy in your chosen place. I recommend keeping it out of sight, even if your family respects your privacy. Even under another book would do. Don’t tempt people by shoving your journal under their noses.

If possible, carry it with you and write whenever you get a chance. You may find yourself writing in it at odd moments, capturing snipetts of your day that might otherwise go unrecorded.

Make it easy on your self. If you have to get your journal out from the back of a wardrobe every time, and digging it out takes you ten minutes, you are unlikely to write regularly.

Emotional Space

Do you feel overwhelmed with emotional issues, and find it too difficult to write? Perhaps you believe you can’t write. That’s when creating emotional space becomes necessary.

If you are dealing with emotional issues that are having an impact on the quality of your life, journaling can help you deal with them. It’s not a substitute for professional help if your situation requires it, but it can be a great self-help tool.

Start slow.

It’s okay if you don’t feel capable of expressing all your feelings by writing. It’s okay if you don’t feel easy about expressing your fears or your opinions. It’s okay if you don’t feel comfortable writing something that may make you feel vulnerable if someone else read it.

Write what you feel comfortable with. 

Creating emotional space is about being honest with yourself. You must face your emotions if you are to deal with them. Unless you know the root of what’s troubling you, and the root cause for your life not being the way you like it to be, you can’t even begin to solve it.

Emotional honesty is not easy to achieve. Not because we want to lie, but because it takes a degree of self-awareness as well as courage. It’s also about timing. Sometimes, we may just not feel ready to deal with the truth. That’s one of the things we’ll be working on in A Journal of Letters course. Really digging into the honesty of our emotions on topics that are both serious and fun. It will give you ideas on how you can incorporate letter writing to make your journaling more personal, unique, and emotionally honest. 

Click here to Register. The course starts on October 15 and costs only £15. 

 

ACTION YOU CAN TAKE TODAY
Do you have physical space for your journaling? If not, how can you create it?
Do you need to create emotional space? What actions will you take to accomplish that?

 

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6 Responses to “Creating Space for Journaling”

  1. Lori Lynn Smith October 8, 2012 at 18:31 # Reply

    Although I do not have a specific space, I do like to find a place that is quiet and I will not be distracted. I like the quiet, it draws out the inner voice.

    • Dolly Garland October 13, 2012 at 20:21 # Reply

      Lori,

      Sometimes, I require the quiet too. Usually I can journal anywhere, but different topics require different atmosphere.

  2. Sarah | Holistic Hot Sauce October 9, 2012 at 17:11 # Reply

    My favorite place to journal has always been my bedroom. I’ve been journaling every morning this year directly after my short meditation session and so this little sanctuary has become journal headquarters. But you’ve also reminded how much I’ve enjoyed journaling while out in nature too – or even on a city park bench. I think I’ll bring my journal along next time I’m out alone!

    As for emotional space – my journal has always been the one space where my emotions are allowed to run free. I’ve found that it helps to allow in the positive and happy emotions too – instead of always using my journal as a place to vent my sadness or anger.

    • Dolly Garland October 13, 2012 at 20:23 # Reply

      Sarah,

      Outside journaling is great, because it makes you focus on your surroundings, or alternative just enjoy the different atmosphere and draw inwards :-) Hope you enjoy that.

      Yes, focusing on positivity is a must. While negativity needs to be let out, journaling should never be just about that for maximum benefit.

  3. Kate October 10, 2012 at 18:28 # Reply

    I love this- it is so true. Whenever my room gets cluttered or I have too much going on in my head, it almost makes it more difficult to write, even though one of the reasons I write is to clear my head! My favorite places to journal are in my bed or in my yoga+art room. Right before I sleep or right when I wake up are great for clearing my mind, and when I am in my yoga+art room it is a great time to do more intentional journaling. Great post, Dolly!

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