Words are powerful: They create worlds. Conversations and books open your mind to new ideas. Letters and e-mail from friends can elevate your spirits. And, journal writing can inspire creative stories, capture poetry, record dreams, and help you discover what is most meaningful to you. But, even more than that, writing in a journal can uncover valuable insight during your healing journey to full health.

Research shows that your mind, spirit and body are enlivened by the act of writing about your experiences. And sometimes writing about what seem like trivia at the time can bring about profound revelation later. What you thought was the problem might not be.

In fact, at the Myofascial Therapy Center, journal writing is considered to be an important part of the healing process. Writing about treatment and therapy can accelerate the experience. It also empowers clients to make connections on their own, capturing important aspects of their journey, helping them to remember stages in the treatment process so that important steps are not forgotten. A journal can also be a friend to turn to for comfort, insight and inspiration along the way.

The Healing Power of Journals
According to a report in the April 1999 Journal of the American Medical Association ("Effects of Writing About Stressful Experiences on Symptom Reduction in Patients with Asthma or Rheumatoid Arthritis"), patients writing about stressful experiences significantly reduce the physical symptoms of their chronic illnesses. The research, conducted by Joshua M. Smyth at the State University of New York at Stoneybrook, showed that of those who wrote about stress, 50 percent showed a large improvement in their health after four months.

You can create a journal in any way that feels the most comfortable to you, but these guidelines can help make it a more enriching experience.

  • Use paper or a bound blank book. If you feel more comfortable writing on the computer, you can do that too. At the end of this article, you'll find out how to create a journal with either of these methods.
  • Don't be afraid to share your innermost thoughts, desires, needs and emotions. There's no one to make fun or disapprove of what you write. But remember, you're usually your own worst critic; so turn off that little voice inside that says, "This is bad" or "I'm no good at this."
  • Grammar, spelling and punctuation are for people who need rules. You don't need rules here! Forget them for a change. Say what you want to say.
  • Consider drawing in your journal too. Even if you're not an artist, a picture can sometimes say more than words.
  • Keep a record of how you are feeling, and listen to the messages that pain is sending you. It is often true that only in retrospect can you understand what triggered mental and physical stress in your life.
  • Sometimes what you thought was causing you pain wasn't really what was hurting at all. So write it all down, even if it seems trivial. It may not be.

Journal writing may be one of the best therapies you can undergo. The risk factor is low and the gains are tremendous. Your therapist can offer even more insight into the best way to journal for healing. So talk to them ... then write about it!

Create a Printed Journal
It's easy to create your own journal with pages inspired by the online Healing Journey.

 

Cover Page: Reflection, Wisdom, Transformation
Bind your journal with this colorful cover that ties all the elements of the journal together.
Cover (PDF)

 

 

 

 

 
 

Journal Pages
Download these pages to use for your journal. You can download and print the PDF version, or download the Word version to use on your computer. They make great stationery, too!

 
 

 

 

 

 
 

 

Page 1: Connection and Transformation
This harmonious blue and green design with butterflies may inspire your own inner growth and connection.
Connection Page PDF (Contains two styles—one is lined, the other is not.)
Word Document

 
 

 

 

 

 
 

 

Page 2: Experience and Confidence
Deep blue and purple combine to create a strong color statement, accompanied by wise old elephants.
Experience PDF (Contains two styles—one is lined, the other is not.)
Word Document

 
 

 

 

 

 
 

 

Page 3: Silence and Reflection
The simple earth tones and flowering plants of this design inspire introspection which is perfect for thoughtful writing.
Silence PDF (Contains two pages—one is lined, the other is not.)
Word Document

 
 

 

 

 

 
 

 

 

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