Journaling can be one of the most therapeutic tools in the world for working through tough emotions.
And let’s be honest – when you’ve got acne, you’re probably dealing with a boat load of tough emotions!
What is journaling exactly?
It’s the practice of keeping a diary of sorts – a written record – of your life. It could explore thoughts, feelings, plans, hopes, or pains surrounding stressful events. It’s an open canvas of self expression and exploration.
The Benefits of Journaling:
- Help you clarify your thoughts and organize them outside your brain; it’s often easier to come up with solutions to problems once the thoughts are out of your head and onto paper.
- Helps you fully explore and release emotions involved with traumatic events; gives you a safe place to vent and be honest about your emotions without feeling judged.
- Can be a profound journey of self discovery and sometimes spiritual development. Allows you to know yourself better and understand the meaning you give your life.
- If you’re writing about happy events, it can help you remember the little details of your life that you would have likely forgotten, creating a nostalgic record that you will enjoy looking back on for years to come.
- Serves as a record to show you how far you’ve come on certain issues when you look back on your writing.
- It’s scientifically proven to counteract negative effects of stress, which means combatting illness in general, as well as strengthening the immune system and cognitive function.
- Accessible to everyone and inexpensive – at the very least, all you need is pen and paper! (but feel free to journal on a computer too)
Tracy’s Journaling History
Personally I’ve always been big on journaling.
I started keeping a journal in Grades 6 and 7, relaying all the adolescent angst of middle school (hilariously embarrassing to look back on these school girl musings now).
I picked it up again later on, journaling my life from ages 18 to 24, keeping track of all the travel, boyfriends, and other events of my young adult life. This has proven to to be a seriously fun piece of nostalgia to look back on and smile.
And then the trauma of severe acne hit me by storm, and that’s when The Love Vitamin came long to serve as my latest form of journaling.
I quit private journaling at this point, as I moved my emotional journey to the blogosphere so I could work through my emotions about acne with everyone else who was going through the same thing.
Yes it’s different doing it publicly, but it has still worked nonetheless. Organizing my thoughts, pains, and emotions in writing has been incredibly therapeutic to me, and I don’t know if I would have even been able to work through the trauma without it.
How Do I Journal Through My Emotions About Acne?
There really are no rules to journaling – just put pen to paper – or fingers to keyboard – and let it flow. Be as honest and candid as absolutely possible. Never hide anything from yourself.
Make sure you date each entry, and don’t worry about punctuation, grammar, or spelling. No one’s going to see it. Don’t let perfectionist tendencies get in your way!
Here are some ideas for getting started on journaling through your emotions about acne (or any other negative situation that you are dealing with in your life).
- Just completely rant. Are you angry? Sad? Frustrated? Just tell your paper how pissed you are about everything to do with having acne. Go into detail about it. Blow off all that steam that you’ve built up.
- Write about your hopes and fears surrounding acne
- Is there any way that this experience with acne could an opportunity to grow as a person? Is there a silver lining to all this? Are there lessons that you’ve learned that will benefit you in the long run?
- Review how you’ve been approaching your experience with acne (emotionally or physically). What’s been working and what’s not been working?
- Come up with plans for how you are going to move forward in the situation. What will you change?
- Look up quotes about the emotion you’re feeling and copy them into your journal
- If you’re not sure where to start, begin journal entries with things such as “Today I felt…” or “I’m worried because …” or “I was excited because …”
- Take or leave any suggestion here. Only write about what’s important to you.
Lots of love,
How do you use journaling to help you move through painful life events like having acne? Do you have any ideas that might help people with journaling?
Share in the comments below! Also, check out my Naturally Clear Skin Bootcamp program for a ton of practical emotional work and journaling exercises to help you heal your soul – as well as your skin – from the awfulness that is acne.