Have you lost the ability to feel joy? Do you want a way out of the cycle of feeling low and lifeless? Stick around to learn about a practical method to break free from the cycle of victimhood that grief has placed you in.
The language that we use brings insight to the patterns of thoughts and emotions. These thought patterns evoke emotions that influence the body through physical sensations and responses. It is not an easy conscious feat to do but grief can be overcome by distinguishing our emotions from our thought patterns from our physical actions. Instead of succumbing to the cycle of negative thoughts and emotions, we must be willing to snap out of it. We have to restructure the cycle and insert habits and tasks that induce or inspire happiness and wellness. We have to be mindful of our language.
One such method to do that is to start a grief journal. Grief journaling has become one of the latest trends in therapy to overcome the obstacle that is grief. Plenty of experts and professionals in the domain of psychological care have studied that grief journaling reaps therapeutic value. It is suggested that the concept of restructuring one’s personal narrative is very important to the healing process. Especially when such losses are very traumatic and intense, the griever might not be able to disclose or talk about their pain and hurt. They therefore need a way to release all those painful emotions and memories. The presence of a journal to hold all these becomes a salvation from their potential destruction. The person’s grief journal becomes an outlet to pour all their thought patterns and emotions out of the body and mind. It can be considered a detoxification of sorts, through the power of words and language.
First things first, is to obtain a journal as well as writing tools (such as pens or pencils). With that, you can jump straight into the world of grief journaling! What you should first understand about journaling is that it is not intended to be perfect. The journal is the space for you to express without judgment and without restriction. It also acts as an archive or a record of all your past thoughts and behavioural patterns, so that you can analyse and pinpoint what might be the root cause of your stress patterns.
Grief therapists and writers have suggested that grievers should follow a rough outline or structure when it comes to writing. Since it is not about writing what is “right” or “perfect”, the main point is for the griever to just keep writing and letting everything that has been bottled up out. Some ground rules include no deleting anything, no worrying about spelling or grammar, and no thinking about what to write. Your grief journal is where you go for the jugular. Confront your innermost self and wrestle with whatever feelings you have.
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