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Have you ever kept a daily journal?

  1. schoolgirlforreal profile image85
    schoolgirlforrealposted 5 years ago

    did it help you figure out what your triggers were and help you control your moods?

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      kimberlyslyricsposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      still do with a dream journal.  No question a map to my thinking and moods smile

      1. schoolgirlforreal profile image85
        schoolgirlforrealposted 5 years agoin reply to this

        cool wink wink that's awesome smile I'm usually too lazy but getting into the habit now smile

    2. Hokey profile image61
      Hokeyposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      Last time I kept a journal it lasted for 6 months. I recently went back and read it and realized that WOW! Im insane. lol

      1. schoolgirlforreal profile image85
        schoolgirlforrealposted 5 years agoin reply to this

        it's so cool to see where you were back then, even in a romantic relationship esp if you need to remember how much of a bad ass he was LOL lol

    3. rlaha profile image71
      rlahaposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      I kept a diary type of journal.  Anything important to me that had happened to me that day was written down in it.  I had a few of them actually.  That's a great question.

      1. schoolgirlforreal profile image85
        schoolgirlforrealposted 5 years agoin reply to this

        gratitude journals are good too smile I went to barnes and noble today and omg the selections are LIMITLESS! Mommy please buy me a leatherbound one for ...spring lol

        1. rlaha profile image71
          rlahaposted 5 years agoin reply to this

          What are gratitude journals? I have never heard of those.  The bookstores do have a variety of journals.  I hope you get one smile.

    4. Deborah Brooks profile image79
      Deborah Brooksposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      Yes I have kept one for years  and that's what got me to write.. Journals are wonderful..

    5. FloBe profile image78
      FloBeposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      I have kept a daily journal for over 20 years now. When I first started, I wrote for hours each day trying to figure out my life and sort out my past. Gradually, it became the place where I could vent my feelings and thoughts and find clarity in my life. I realized through time that I process things of the heart best through writing by hand (not typing). So, the journal has become my friend in whom I confide my deepest heart processes. Some of this finds its way into writing that I share with others, but it is not the original reason why I write.

    6. NatalieSack profile image60
      NatalieSackposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      I have, and I do.  No, it doesn't help me control my moods--which tend to be extreme--but it does help me recognize patterns that lead to my moods, such as the triggers that set me off.  It also helps me see clearly my negative thinking patterns, which makes it easier to get myself on a more positive path.

      1. NatalieSack profile image60
        NatalieSackposted 5 years agoin reply to this

        Yes, it did.  It took a while.  I had to get a lot of steady entries before I could see a pattern, but two did emerge.  I wrote every day for twelve weeks (Just an arbitrary date.  Yours could be shorter.) then I went back and read over all the entries and highlighted the insights I found.

        It's helped me a lot.

  2. schoolgirlforreal profile image85
    schoolgirlforrealposted 5 years ago

    I've found my most stable years were when my home life was stable and I was working.

    smile

  3. randomcreative profile image94
    randomcreativeposted 5 years ago

    I kept a paper one for many years growing up.  For a long time, it would often help me work out my thoughts and feelings or just put me at peace to get things out on paper.  Now I find that I can work out a lot of those thoughts and feelings by talking with others.  I do blog online almost every day, but it isn't the same.

    1. schoolgirlforreal profile image85
      schoolgirlforrealposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      cool smile

  4. stacyjwx profile image60
    stacyjwxposted 5 years ago

    Writing was therapeutic for me since I was 14 yrs. old. Keeping a daily journal helped me because I could spill my thoughts onto paper or blog, read it over later, and gain greater meaning from it. I choose this instead of telling someone else because the paper doesn't get offended. :-P

    I was also most stable when I was journaling/blogging. I write down my dreams and use the journal as much as I possibly can. I probably own too many of them but journaling is something I really love to do.

    1. schoolgirlforreal profile image85
      schoolgirlforrealposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      hey stacy
      very cool smile

  5. knolyourself profile image58
    knolyourselfposted 5 years ago

    I should have, however would have had to spend half my life writing it all. Not that I didn't think of it but I would not carry a notebook as I would not carry a camera. What it does is create a narrow context for the experience of reality, so that it is not objective, and one will only notice that which applies.

  6. pstraubie48 profile image85
    pstraubie48posted 5 years ago

    yes, as a matter of fact, i have kept several.
    and i still have them and maybe one day i will dig them out dust them off and see if i would like to share themm.
    one i began at age 9 and it lasted till i was 12. it chronicled those wonder years of my early youth...
    then i kept one from the time my daughter wsa 11 until she was about 21. after that my life was 'too busy' to pursue my passion.

    1. schoolgirlforreal profile image85
      schoolgirlforrealposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      Nice!

  7. mistyhorizon2003 profile image96
    mistyhorizon2003posted 5 years ago

    Yes, I kept a paper one for a few years when I was about 19. Sadly it largely ended up consisting of a day by day account of my regular beatings from my boyfriend/later fiance/later lover (after he arranged to marry an ex behind my back.) He discovered my diary on one occasion and it caused a major row. Later the same diary got me into yet more trouble again when a landlord found it under my bed and read it, and discovered I had commented on his constant attempts to seduce me and how I would have to move out if it didn't stop. He went mad about it too. To cut a long story short when I was finally free and content again I literally binned it, although now I wish I had kept it just to show my family what it was like day to day dating my ex, and living the tough life where you never seem to be able to earn enough to survive alone, (I lived on toast for weeks at a time so I could pay the rent, and this was back in about 1990).

  8. KrystalD profile image79
    KrystalDposted 5 years ago

    I have kept a journal since I was about 8 or 0 years old. I credil journaling with maintaining my sanity through what proved to be quite a tumultous childhood/adolestance. I would recommend it for anyone...at any age! I stil journal though less regularly.

  9. NightFlower profile image60
    NightFlowerposted 5 years ago

    It so strange...as much as I love writing I could never get into keeping a diary or a journal. I used to like the idea of it but it just didn't catch on.  A truth to me...stranger than fiction. lol.

 
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