Journalling was (and still is) an enormous part of my TMS recovery story. The JournalSpeak method to be more precise led by Nicole Sachs LCSW. It's the one thing I needed to do most, but the one thing I resisted the hardest.
Some days I had a key emotional memory or a trigger that I knew I needed to address that gave me somewhere to start writing. Maybe someone had really pissed me off today and it’s fresh in my brain and I'm ready to let rip onto the page. But the regular day-to-day exercise of emotional excavation can be really tricky, especially when you need to write about the stuff that you know in your heart that really needs to be looked at.
Resistance to journalling, or any emotional 'self-care' work that requires you to look within, is completely normal and expected (more about what to expect on this journey here). I've sat in this situation so many times and the frustration of it sometimes gets the better of me. So I decided to write a list of ideas and prompts that could help me come unstuck and get the ball rolling.
I hope they can help to nudge you to get writing, this work will change your life, it freed me from my repressed emotions and healed my years of suffering from chronic pain like a freaking magic miracle. You have the power within you to do the same, but it does require consistent and difficult work.
For more information on the journaling exercise that brought me through chronic pain check out the JournalSpeak section. For a quick tutorial on how to FEEL your feelings, not THINK them - click here.
If you need some help with ideas on what sort of subjects to write about, take a look at the Journaling Topics & Themes.
Hold onto that grateful loving feeling, LET IT SOAK YOU TO YOUR SOUL!
I regularly post new prompts and ideas on my social media feed for journalling. Make sure you're following along there.
Find out more about my personal journey from years of chronic pain to complete healing using journalling and only emotional work in my Recovery Journey Roadmap and let's connect on social media, I'm on Facebook or Instagram.
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