Journaling for Self-Care for Young Adults by Terri Martinez

07 Jun

Journaling for Self-Care for Young Adults by Terri Martinez

Journaling for Self-Care for Young Adults is a interactive how to book for those interested in learning how to journal. It offers guidelines used in journaling and several interactive exercises to practice. Included are guided journal pages with prompts to get you started and dozens of blank pages to be used as your first journal.

This book is for all the young women who want a safe personal place to express their inner most thoughts and feelings. Being a young woman is a very exciting and emotional time. You have your entire life in front of you, but that’s both exciting and terrifying. So many decisions to make which will shape your future.

Many people live out loud via social media, but the person portrayed in public isn’t the whole person. Journaling is one way to connect with your inner self on the most personal level because it’s your thoughts for your eyes only unless you choose to share them.

Book Excerpt: Journaling for Self-Care for Young Adults

I’ve journaled or kept a diary since I was a young girl.

I have always enjoyed writing about my thoughts and feelings.

The good stuff and the not so good stuff.

I learned early on that expressing myself in this manner was good for my soul.

It’s easier and safer to share your inner most thoughts with yourself.

Writing things down helps me to process my emotions.

Having a record also allows me to come back to it later and reflect.

Sometimes it’s easy to get into the habit of journaling only when you’re feeling happy or when you’re feeling sad.

It’s best to try to have a healthy discussion with yourself on a regular basis no matter what your mood is.

Remember what works for one person doesn’t work for everyone. The key is to find what works best for you and stick to it.

In the pages that follow I hope to share with you some of the things I’ve learned about journaling and how doing so has helped me to stay on top of my emotions and it’s a regular part of my self-care regimen.

Benefits of journaling
Helps organize your thoughts
Improve writing
Set & Achieve Goals
Record Ideas
Relieve Stress
Boost memory
Inspire creativity

Types of Journals
There are many types of journaling. People keep journals for a variety of reasons. It’s up to you what type of journal you keep and it’s completely acceptable to have multiple journals or use one for multiple purposes.

Here’s a brief list of some of the most common types of journals:

Event journals
Idea journal
Feelings journal
Memory journal
Dream journals
Travel journals
Daily journals
Reflective journals
Gratitude journals
Bible journal

It’s not necessary to decide which type of journal you want to keep; in fact, my suggestion is just to start writing whatever comes to your mind. Once you get into the flow of it you can decide what the theme or purpose of your journal will be. You may also find that you start one way and then end up with something completely different. Your journal should be fluid and flexible, remember it’s all about you. This isn’t to be shared with anyone else unless you choose to.

The journaling process is therapeutic as you’re writing your thoughts, but it is also good to periodically go back and read things you’ve written. Some things will make you laugh, and others might make you cry. The point is to process your thoughts and feelings outside of the moment to process it. What did you learn from it?

Dating your journal is a good way to keep track of when you recorded your thoughts and feelings. This is especially helpful if you’re planning to keep a journal for goals.

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© 2020 All rights reserved. Book excerpt reprinted by permission of the author, Terri Martinez. Do not reproduce, copy or use without the author’s written permission. This excerpt is used for promotional purposes only.

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Click here to read article and listen to my talk about how Learning to Connect your Dots can help you learn how to love living your life.

It’s really about your values. What is important to you. What are your goals and aspirations? Some dots are larger or more important than others. Some dots change over time, some dots may become less important and die off whereas others may grow in importance in your life. Our dots are fluid. As we grow and learn the makeup of our dots change. Therefore, it’s important to understand how your dots connect. If you make a change to one dot, you need to understand what other dots might be impacted to be prepared.

The larger meaning of learning how to connect the dots became clear to me after taking an early retirement in 2017. My house was empty and so was my calendar. I had absolutely no idea who I was anymore. I hadn’t thought about me and my dots for so long I had completely lost track of them. I had no clue what they were or how they connected.

Since realizing this I have been on a mission to find and reconnect all my dots. It is a constant work in progress. Identifying your dots and learning how to connect them closely aligns with holistic wellness concepts. At the core of holistic wellness are the eight dimensions of wellness.

1) Intellectual wellness is when you recognize your unique talents to be creative and seek out ways to use them.

2) Physical wellness is when you recognize what is necessary to keep your body healthy.

3) Spiritual wellness is related to your values. Beliefs that help you find meaning and purpose in your life.

4) Emotional wellness is your ability to cope with life and build satisfying relationships with others.

5) Financial wellness is a feeling of satisfaction about your financial situation.

6) Occupational wellness is a sense of satisfaction with your choice of work.

7) Environmental wellness is related to the surroundings you occupy.

8) Social wellness is a sense of connectedness and belonging.

Once you begin to learn about the dimensions and all of the little things that are inside of each one of them you begin to understand that the key to success or happiness in life is learning your dots, the most important things for you and how they interact, and making decisions about where you want them to be. This is what I refer to as learning to love living your life.

Life coaching is NOT counseling or therapy. Unlike counseling or therapy, which involve looking back and working through one’s past, Life coaching is about looking to the future and navigating through the present to reach the goals one has set.

About the Author
Terri Martinez is a blogger and author who writes under the pen name Terri D. She published her debut novel titled Yesterday’s Lies in 2011. Terri has since released four more novels and had a poem published as part of an anthology of poems about love titled Bubblin’ Brown Sugar. Terri’s most recent release titled, Passport Wife is a memoir.

Although she continues to write, Terri is the Program Coordinator for Life Esteem Inc. In this role she coordinates the curriculum and training materials for the parenting programs offered through Life Esteem.

She’s an active member of the advisory board and was very instrumental in the opening of the Life Esteem Holistic Wellness Center in December 2017.

In June of 2018, Terri started a Non-Profit Organization, A Blessing for You. Her non profit provides assistance to expectant and new mothers in need as well as providing training and connecting them to other community resources. Terri is a trained Chaplain assistant, Certified Recovery Specialist and Certified Life Coach. Terri offers life coaching services in person, via phone or video.

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