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How to Start a Journal if You’ve Never Used One Before

Homecare Manhattan NY

Homecare Manhattan NY

Often when someone decides to start a journal it’s not uncommon for that person to find herself staring at a blank piece of paper far longer than she’d like. Perfectionism can get in the way of a journaling practice or you may simply not feel that you know what to do.

Start Where You Are 

Sometimes people think that they have to start a journal with a monumental event or with a specific idea or theme in mind. The truth is that you can start any day, any time, and about any topic. You don’t even have to have a specific topic in order to keep a journal. It’s your journal, so you can bounce around from one topic to another if that’s what you want. You can also keep separate journals for specific situations in your life. It’s up to you.

You Don’t Need Special Equipment

Another potential roadblock for people who are new to journaling is that they believe that they need to use a specific type of notebook, pen, or other equipment in order for their journal to be valid or for it to be useful. This is so not the case. Use whatever you have. If that’s napkins from the glove box, then so be it. Grab a composition book from the corner drug store. Now, if you want to use a fancy leather-bound journal, have at that, too.

Start Simply 

What you write in your journal isn’t as important as it is that you write at all. Start free writing anything that comes to mind. You can set a timer and as long as you keep writing for the amount of time you set, it doesn’t matter what topic you write about. You can also find writing prompts that enable you to answer a specific question. Don’t worry so much about the format of your journal, because it’s just for you.

Write about the Good and the Bad 

Some people feel that it’s a betrayal of sorts to write anything negative about their loved one in their journal. While this is understandable, it’s important to stress again that this journal is for you. What that means is that the more you’re willing to delve into the good situations and emotions as well as the bad, the more you’ll get from journaling altogether.

Keep Track of Your Goals 

You can also use your journal to keep track of any of your goals. You may have a goal to carve out more free time for yourself. In that case, you can journal about how you plan to do that, whether you’re going to need to increase the hours that your loved one’s homecare providers are available, and how you felt when you finally did make time for yourself. Then you can go back and see how far you’ve come.

Journaling is powerful, but it’s important to remember that there is no right or wrong way to do it. 

If you or an aging loved one is considering Homecare Services in Manhattan NY, please contact the caring staff at Kingsbridge Home Healthcare. Call today: (347) 289-7118.

Danielle Parchment

Kingsbridge home healthcare is a senior care service located in Brooklyn New York. We believe relationship building is our strongest asset and makes the difference in the care we deliver. The owners have been caregivers within our community for 25+ years and understand the transitional process and support needed by families when searching for home care services.

Kingsbridge Home Healthcare Services is proud to be a leading home healthcare provider in our community.