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If you are having trouble getting started, here are some ideas to get the juices flowing:

• Write about your worries and fears
• Your hopes and dreams for the future
• Something you have been avoiding for days, weeks, or years
• Your family or friends
• Your job, boss, school or teacher
 

Anything will do! The act of writing is extremely therapeutic, especially when writing about thoughts you don't share with others. Read more about the health benefits of journaling here.


 

Guiding Questions

Still can't get inspired? Here are some questions that may help you begin. Don't answer them all at once, but pick a few here and there to get your feet wet. Or, just click on the Prompts icon on the top right of the Pad. Learn more about Prompts here

TODAY:

• What did you do today?
• Did you have any strong feelings, good or bad,
  about your day? Write about all of them.
• What would you like to remember or forget?
• Do you remember feeling this way before?
• If your day could have gone better or worse, how might
  it have unfolded?
 
 

THE PAST:

• Is there something that has been on your mind lately?
• What are some of your greatest memories?
• What are some of your worst memories?
• Is there anything in your past that you still think about?
• Describe a memorable event and how it made you feel
• Does that memory bring you joy or pain?
• If you could rewrite the past, how might you change
  how that event occurred?
• Did you learn anything from that memorable event?
• If so, how can that learning be applied to your future?
 
 

THE FUTURE:

• What are some of your dreams for the future?
• What does your ideal life look like in 5, 10, 15 years?
• Is your future a positive or negative one?
• If negative, what can you do to make it positive?
• How can you change your thinking today to make for a
  positive future?
• If there are things about your past you want to change,
  what then can you carry forward?
• Is there anyone you admire and strive to emulate?
• How different is your future self from your current self?
• What do you have to do to become your ideal self?
 
 

Writing Paradigm

The following is the instructions given to participants of studies on journal therapy. The effects of following this paradigm have been astounding.

For the next three days, write about your very deepest thoughts and feeling about the most traumatic experience of your entire life. In your writing, really let go and explore your very deepest emotions and thoughts.

You might tie this trauma to your childhood, your relationships with others, including parents, lovers, friends, or relatives. You may also link this event to your past, your present, or your future, or to who you have been, who you would like to be, or who you are now. You may write about the same general issues or experiences on all days of writing or on different topics each day.

Not everyone has had a single trauma but all of us have had major conflicts or stressors ñ and you can write about these as well.

All of your writing will be completely confidential. Don't worry about spelling, sentence structure, or grammar. The only rule is that once you begin writing, continue to do so until your time is up.

Warning: Many people report that after writing, they sometimes feel somewhat sad or depressed. Like seeing a sad movie, this typically goes away in a couple of hours. If you find that you are getting extremely upset about a writing topic, simply stop writing or change topics.

Source:
http://homepage.psy.utexas.edu/HomePage/Faculty/Pennebaker/home2000/WritingandHealth.html  
 

Getting Ready to Write

  • Find a time and place where you won't be disturbed. Ideally, pick a time at the end of your workday or before you go to bed.
  • Promise yourself that you will write for a minimum of 15 minutes a day for at least 3 or 4 consecutive days.
  • Once you begin writing, write continuously. Don't worry about spelling or grammar. If you run out of things to write about, just repeat what you have already written.
  • You can write about the same thing on all 3-4 days of writing or you can write about something different each day. It is entirely up to you.
  • The writing can be for you and for you only. The purpose is for you to be completely honest with yourself. When writing, secretly plan to delete your writing when you are finished. Whether you keep it or save it is really up to you.

Why Penzu?

  • Never Lost or Stolen  Expressive writing is an extremely cathartic process, helping you to relax and release stress.
  • Access Anywhere  Numerous studies have shown that keeping a journal can improve your immune function.
  • Privacy First  Penzu is focused on your privacy so you never have to worry that someone else will read your entries.
  • Easy to Use  Keeping a food diary has been suggested to double weight-loss when combined with a diet.
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