Journaling can be a therapeutic exercise. In therapy, Johanna may encourage you to journal or keep a diary in a specific way, to raise awareness of specific activities, thoughts, or feelings. This monthly journal exercise is in no way individually prescribed, but meant to offer food for thought that may be useful for anyone.
November’s monthly journal exercise:
The holidays are coming. What do the holidays mean for you? Take five minutes to free-write without stopping (unless your hand hurts, or you find yourself in emotionally distress, in which case you should engage in another form of self-care). If the holidays are a difficult time of year for you, use this time to write down the things that will help you to get through them. This is not meant to be a polished piece of writing but rather an exploration of your thoughts on the holidays and your own coping skills.