Diaries, I used to find them a commitment. Given I have quite a busy schedule I never found the time to write in one. However, once I started, I couldn't stop. I find it a way to say things words can't explain. They don't even have to be private. If you feel like writing something down because speaking up isn't easy, start with that.
How I Write Mine:
I start with a title and sometimes a date. I feel if I put a title, it will help me to express the day.
After that, I give a summary: what has happened, how I have felt. Sometimes I will put in rhetorical questions. I'll ask, "how would you feel in this moment?" as if it would understand me."
Generally, I would say the thing that annoyed me or a big thing that happened that day and rant about that. Although, if nothing particularly exciting happened, I would say about three things that made me happy that day. That is what everyone should do, in my opinion.
We all need light. Some days, people have tough days. They find it easier to ignore the light and focus on the dark. Yet, the dark is what you have to ignore, or forgive yourself for it. In the long run, it won't affect you.
Writing in a diary, for me, is what makes it easier to talk. You see, for me it feels like someone is always listening. No one will ever judge you in a diary. For me, it is like someone is in the pages taking in all of the information.
That is what I advise you. Even if you do not think you need it, try it. It may just be a way to lay off steam without shouting at anyone. Doing something you regret will affect you in the long run.
Things You Could Write in One
- Three Things That Made You Happy - As I was told earlier in the day, positives always outweigh the negatives. I think that is an important message to remember, purely because it is true, not just any old saying that is easier said than done.
- Ambitions for the Day/ Coming Days - If you write something down, you are more likely to remember something. Also if you see it, you can truly believe it in our own words or in others. However, I have always found it easier to take advice if it is in my own words. I feel like it is less of a task if I tell myself to do it.
- About Your Day - I guess that is kind of obvious; what are diaries for? Keeping a log of your life. Keep the memories close to your heart. It is what will make you smile that counts. You will treasure it, laugh about it, even cry about it. But it's those days that you want to remember. Those are the days you don't want to forget.
- Anything and Everything - It is what makes your life special. It is what makes you you. Treasure it. At the end of the day, you can't be anyone but yourself. That is the person you want to be and you don't want to forget that.
When writing in a diary, you can say anything. No one will read it, your deepest thoughts put somewhere other than your mind. That is what helps me most, I think—knowing that I don't have to keep things to myself, that even if I am just telling a book, I'm telling someone and that someone is listening.
Not only is it a relief but keeping things to yourself is the worst thing you can do. It is terrible for your mental health. Just think whilst your destroying your inner self, whatever it is that is bothering you isn't being said. Maybe just writing it can be the initial step. Once you are ready, you can go further. Motivate yourself. You are the best person to do it. At the end of the day, no one else can make you do something. Only you can do that. Remember that.