Here’s another look at the 20 questions I posed for the Positive Journal Prompts again, if you did’t see the tiny writing before.
Mindfulness is a term that has been thrown around in many different types of mental health and plays and very big role in DBT (Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, which is a variation on CBT, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. Both use different techniques to change views on how we think when used in therapy (those are just 2 types). Mindfulness is a concept that attempts to helps us rewire (NOT LITERALLY) the brain to be more positive, using yoga, meditation, concentrating on the peace and gratitude in our lives using the 5 senses and living in the moment. When journaling, take little breaks to acknowledge how you feel in the moment.
Let’s talk about #7. What were your childhood dreams? Most of us have so many variations on childhood dreams, some of them bring us joy to reflect upon, but some bring a little heartache, so it can be a bittersweet experience. Many of these questions can be this way and I encourage you to embrace these feelings, and utilize your 5 senses (Mindfulness) to bring you back to the present if you get lost in the past.
Whenever you think about the past, present, or future, I want you to think about what you had in all of those phases that made you grateful. When I told my fiance stories about my past, he would say, “your stories always start funny and end really sad”. He wasn’t lying. Self-improvement doesn’t happen overnight and I am in need of my own certainly, but, as someone trained as a therapist, I want to give out more than I take in. Look around you right now and find 5 things that you are grateful for.
With the positive journal prompts, I was trying to help others find positive outlets because I know I can’t be the only one who gets into a cycle of negative thoughts when journaling at times. Not to say that venting isn’t healthy, but it can turn into a vicious cycle leading nowhere.
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