Updated: Jul 11, 2020
You might be familiar with journaling--the art of sitting down and writing every day. But what if we told you that there’s a way in which you could transform and heal yourself in the process of journaling? Because that is exactly what transformative journaling aims to do.
Transformative journaling relies heavily on introspection, honesty, and self-analysis in order to produce a positive result. The beauty of the process is that you are the sole contributor to your wellness, and you pave the way for your healing.
Here are the ways in which transformative journaling can help you.
1. Positive Change
Venting into a journal helps to lighten the heaviness in your chest. However, you can take this to a new level with transformative journaling. After documenting anything that might have ticked you off, you can then add in a question on how you would have liked the situation to unfold, instead. For example: ‘In what way can I turn the situation around in a better manner?’, ‘Is there a way to make myself happier?’ Here’s your chance to envision the same situation in a more positive light. By writing about the positive changes you would have made, you can then go into the future with a sense of optimism.
2. Power to Heal
By asking yourself questions about how you feel after describing a certain unpleasant event, you can give yourself the power to heal, by asking yourself a few questions. Examples of such questions are as follows: ‘What are the best measures I can take to move on from this situation?’, ‘What should I do to ensure my happiness after this event?’ Writing your answer helps you believe that you are, in fact, strong enough to overcome the situation.
3. Avoid Repetitions
Documenting your mistakes and being honest about them helps you avoid their occurrence in the future. This can help you in the long run, as it is only through mistakes that we learn and grow. For example, say you didn't like the way you spent your weekend. Perhaps you felt like you weren’t productive enough. Once you're done ranting about it, you can add in the changes you would have made if you could go back in time. ‘What methods could I have implemented to spend my time more wisely?’ ‘Was watching so many movies worth it?’ And thus, by answering these questions, you avoid the same mistakes from occurring in the future.
4. Achieve your Goals
Writing about your goals is something everyone tends to indulge in, whilst journaling. However, with transformative journaling, you ask yourself questions that focus on your present actions. ‘What can I do right now, to help me achieve my goal?’, ‘What do I change about my daily routine to help me attain my goal?’ These are a few of the questions you can ask yourself. Answering these questions helps you understand the power that your current actions hold, with respect to reaching your desired destination.
5. Open to Criticism
By being brutally honest with your words and emotions while journaling, you tend to be your best critic. You highlight your own mistakes and constantly look at ways to improve yourself. This, in turn, leaves you open to criticism, either at the workspace or at college or school. You constantly feel the need to better yourself in every aspect and make sure you strive harder.
Transformative journaling is all about asking yourself questions that you answer. It not only helps you achieve your academic or health goals but can also save you time and money that you might spend on therapy. With transformative journaling, you can be your own psychologist, and you are the only one who improves your life, in the way you see fit. After all, no one else knows more about you, than yourself.
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