4 Tips for Starting a Recovery Journal

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4 Tips for Starting a Recovery Journal

recovery journalConsidering starting a recovery journal? It’s a smart addition to your overall recovery plan. That’s because the act of journaling is a great way to process your emotions, release stress and anxiety, increase self-awareness and focus on your sobriety goals. Plus, it’s inexpensive and anyone can do it, anywhere. More recovery benefits linked with journaling include:

  • Higher emotional intelligence, or the ability to manage your emotions
  • Boosted concentration and memory
  • More self-discipline
  • Less anxiety
  • Improved sleep
  • Greater self confidence

When it comes to journaling, there’s no right or wrong way – what matters is what works best for you. Here are a few tips to help you get started!

  • Start with your daily goals. Not sure what to write? Why not jot down what you want to accomplish for the day – whether you’d like to go for a long walk or organize your bills. You’re more likely to achieve your goals if they are specific, according to research.
  • Express your gratitude. We’ve already talked about the numerous benefits of having “an attitude of gratitude” – including improved sleep, self-esteem, willpower and stress management – so why not start or end each entry with a few grateful thoughts. It doesn’t have to be complicated; just something that brings you joy or is worth celebrating.
  • Reflect on your accomplishments. Recovery is a tough journey and you owe it to yourself to celebrate all of your hard work and milestones. Take a few minutes to write down a few challenges you’ve overcome – whether learning to identify your triggers or making amends with a close friend or family member.
  • Focus on free form. In other words, don’t edit yourself. Spelling and grammar are not what’s important. The goal is to simply express your emotions and to be honest about how you’re feeling.

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