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5 Types of Journaling for Recovery

by on Friday, October 8th, 2021

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Journaling can be a great coping tool in recovery because it can lead to a better sense of understanding, decreased stress and anxiety levels, and even prevent relapse. To keep a journal, you can write, talk into a recorder, or type on a computer about your daily activities and internal dialogue. 

Sometimes, recovery can seem overwhelming. You may feel like your mind needs a break from managing goals, doubts, and challenges. Recording those thoughts can be a great way to hold you accountable and remind you of the work you’ve already done.

Different types of journaling cater to your individual goals for health in recovery. You are free to incorporate as many as you would like into your own practice. 

#1. Stream of Consciousness Journal 

In this kind of journal, there is no need to worry about complete sentences or finishing a story. You simply write exactly what comes to your mind when it comes to your mind. 

Stream of consciousness writing can be helpful for you if you are uneasy about your writing abilities or find it challenging to stay on topic. This is a judgment-free zone. If you feel your mind circling the same situations, a stream of consciousness journal could help calm you. 

#2. Diary journal

A diary journal is a record of the activities in your day. 

This kind of journal can be beneficial to keep track of patterns in your day and see where work is needed. Keeping a daily diary in recovery can show how far you’ve come and help you identify triggers in your everyday life. 

#3. Gratitude journal

In a gratitude journal, you will list, or write about, things and people in your life that you are thankful for. 

You may want to begin a gratitude journal if you often find yourself in negative headspaces. It can be a great reminder of what you’re working so hard for and why you began the work towards recovery in the first place.

#4. Spiritual Journal

A spiritual journal is where you keep regular observations about your spiritual growth and development.

If you have embarked on a spiritual journey, you may want to incorporate those thoughts and developments into your journal. Keeping notes and writing down questions can help you strengthen your spiritual bond. 

#5. Exercise and Health Journal

This type of journal is where you record your exercises and health habits.

A health and exercise journal can keep track of your progress and hold you accountable for your goals surrounding exercise, a healthy diet, and sleep patterns.

Managing thoughts and feelings in recovery can seem like a project too big to tackle alone. Keeping a journal is a great way to gain self-awareness, hold yourself accountable, and let out frustrations and worries. There are many different types and ways of journaling, and not all of them may appeal to you. Journaling can help you achieve your long-term recovery goals. If you need help getting started, Restorations Therapy is here for you. We work with clients of all ages to help in their recovery journey through holistic therapies and individualized treatment. Call us at (720) 446-6585 today.

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