Grieve Healthy – Journal Your Way to Healthy Grieving

The following post was written by Julie Gentile, a gifted yoga instructor, gifted writer and teacher of self care. Learn how journaling can help you let go of your grief.

A Journal Entry a Day to Help You Let Go of Grief Your Way
Julie M. Gentile

For as long as I can remember, I have had a passion to write in all forms—writing essays, emails and lists, contributing to publications and websites, writing articles for my blog Stand-Up for Your Self-Care, writing my book 108 Yoga and Self-Care Practices for Busy Mamas, and a more personal form of writing—journaling.

For me, journaling has taken the shape of a daily self-care practice, serving as a transformative and cathartic channel, often leading me to clear space to create pathways for new ideas.

Every time I put pen to page, it’s an opportunity to connect with myself, to check in with myself. My mind and hand work together in harmony to let the words flow.

I journal just before bed every night because it helps me reflect on my day and sleep better, and it reduces anxiety. However, journaling in the morning is great, too, because it can help you set your intention for the day.

Journaling daily can also help you:
• Organize and bring more clarity to your thoughts
• Process your thoughts, emotions and experiences
• Let go of your grief by shedding anything that no longer serves you

Below are some ideas to get started:
• Start a letting go journal. Write one page a day about letting go of grief. You can write about a new angle every day or stick with the same focus for several entries.
• Purchase a book or journal with writing prompts or quotes. My book 108 Yoga and Self-Care Practices for Busy Mamas includes 54 journaling prompts to help you connect with your deepest self.
• Write what comes to mind for five minutes a day. Allow yourself to write free-form style for five minutes. Set a timer, and write until the timer goes off.

Whatever style of journaling you decide to pursue, integrate it into your daily routine. All you need is a pen and paper (or a laptop or computer if you choose to keep a digital journal) and a quiet spot, free of interruptions.

As you begin to journal regularly, notice what inspires your writing. For example, my yoga practice often inspires my journal entries. For a yoga practice that can lead you to your next journal entry, read my previous blog post A Practice to Receive and Let Go.

Learn five additional reasons to start journaling tonight on my blog Stand-Up for Your Self-Care, and let me know how your writing goes @juliegtheyogi on Instagram and Facebook.

About the Author
Julie M. Gentile is a certified and registered yoga teacher, award-winning author and creator of the blog Stand-Up for Your Self-Care. She has been practicing yoga and meditation for a decade, and leading yoga classes since 2011. She writes about letting go in her book 108 Yoga and Self-Care Practices for Busy Mamas (MSI Press), which is available on the MSI Press website, Amazon, Barnes & Noble and Books-A-Million. Find self-care inspiration at www.juliegtheyogi.com and follow Julie @juliegtheyogi on Instagram, https://www.instagram.com/juliegtheyogi/ and Facebook, https://www.facebook.com/juliegtheyogi.

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