The 5 W’s of Journaling: Part 1 – Who

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This article answers the question of “Who Can Journal?”

Is anyone familiar with the saying, “Just write?” It resonates with many people who are just starting to journal and get stuck with the other familiar phrase, “I don’t know what to say…” This sentence, “Just write,” is often the mantra to help break the impasse of a creative block to help facilitate the start of many first journal entries. The power of journaling should not be underestimated, as we have learned that journals give us a place to put down our thoughts and make sense of them. Journals are a place where thoughts can become organized and perhaps be seen in a different lens. Journaling is also a habit of almost every powerful leader and inspirational speaker throughout history. Just to name a few, from Barack Obama to Nelson Mandela and Sir Winston Churchill, they all journaled.

So, let’s break down the benefits of what journaling is and what it can do for you by using the 5 W’s: Who, What, When, Where, and Why! This is the 1st part of our 5 part series on The 5 W’s of Journaling: Who.

Who? Anyone and everyone.

What do Albert Einstein, Leonardo da Vinci, and Frederick Douglass all have in common? Each of these famous figures kept a journal or diary to record their experiences, thoughts, or feelings. Kahlo and da Vinci even used illustrations to express emotions and sketch out ideas. Journaling is not meant to be a one-size fits all self-care practice. You don’t need to be a writer to journal. In fact, many people who journal do it in point form, dashes, or without any structure at all. If you are someone that doodles, why not think of journaling as doodling with words! Having a grasp on the English language can make your thoughts much clearer but don’t let your lack of writing skills get in your way.

Who? Anyone and everyone.

What do Albert Einstein, Leonardo da Vinci, and Frederick Douglass all have in common? Each of these famous figures kept a journal or diary to record their experiences, thoughts, or feelings. Kahlo and da Vinci even used illustrations to express emotions and sketch out ideas. Journaling is meant to be a one-size fits all self-care practice. You don’t need to be a writer to journal. In fact, many people who journal do it in point form, dashes, or without any structure at all. If you are someone that doodles, why not think of journaling as doodling with words! Having a grasp on the English language can make your thoughts much clearer but don’t let your lack of writing skills get in your way.

For anyone who is willing and able, journaling can help to put your thoughts down on to paper. From a mental health perspective, it is encouraged that all walks of life engage in the practice of writing down the things and thoughts that are most important to you. It is not only therapeutic, but also a fantastic way to unburden yourself of your busy thoughts, whether they are positive or negative. So, this means journaling is not just for positive thinkers, although side effects may include more positive reflection for those of us that tend to be negative.

Just Write!

So, “Just write”, because no matter what you put down no one is grading you. Journaling is a self-edited place where only you have to oversee what you have written and reflected on. You are the author of your self-care here, and how you to choose to write it can produce powerful results. The benefits of journaling are endless and may offer insights into your life that you have never experienced before, or haven’t taken the time to reflect on just yet. The “Who” of the 5 W’s is just a starting point for you but the most important lesson to learn is to pick up a pen, paper, and “Just write”!

Next up in our series on The 5 W’s of Journaling is Part 2 – What.

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