Journaling is an excellent way for children and grown-ups to record events, work through their emotions and experiences, and unlock their creativity. A growing body of research suggests that regular expressive writing can improve one’s mood and sense of well-being, alleviate anxiety, lower blood pressure, and better sporting and academic performance.
So, journaling is helpful. But for many of us it’s not easy to make it a daily habit. What is the
simplest way to get the benefits of journaling without it feeling like a chore?
Why not start by writing just one sentence per day? This will make it easy and fun. And, if you feel good each time you finish journaling, you’ll keep coming back for more. Journaling with your children may give you both an opportunity to share thoughts and feelings that may be left unexpressed otherwise; it’s a great way to know more about each other, and to bring you closer together.
Don’t be intimidated by an empty page. Just leap in! Record something you saw, did or felt that day. You don’t even have to worry about using complete sentences. Simple phrases are fine. Journaling can be as simple as you want to make it. How you journal is completely up to you but, in case you need a little inspiration, here are some prompts: