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Types of Journals



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There are many types of journals and I have mentioned a few of the main types below.

Travel Journal:

Travel journals assist in recording all the exciting moments during your travels/trips to exciting locations. Record experiences through sight, sound, touch and smell. Include post cards, maps, photographs, wrapping, pieces of paper from items enjoyed (examples: wrappers for candy, soap, lotions), napkins, brochures, and sketches made by you. Paint a word picture of the locations so that later you can revisit the memories.

Letters Not Intended for Sending:

Have you ever wanted to say things to people, but you bite your tongue or maybe you don't practice self-control? To help with saying things you regret when you're angry, use the option of writing letters to those people who have offended or caused you to feel negative feelings. These unsent letters allow a place for you to vent all your feelings without having to worry about the effect your words will have on another. This release of emotions can help heal you and gives time to cool off and often gives a different perspective to the situation.

Health Journal:

When you suffer through the effects of a disease, there are an abundance of emotions associated with your attitude towards it. Journaling about your health condition can assist in gaining a more positive attitude and thus aid in promoting a more positive attitude and release of stress. It also can be a place to keep up with food intake, medication doses, and other physical conditions.

Personal Journal/Daily Life:

Journaling your daily life events and experiences not only assists in seeing patterns of your choices, but also records a history for your posterity. This can help them make better decisions in their lives and also know you better through your writing. It can convey the lessons you want to pass down to those in your family after you have left this mortal existence. (also see Double-Entry Journals)

Double-Entry Journals:

Double-Entry journals divide the journal page into two columns. In the left-hand column, quotes and notes from reading are written. In the right-hand column, the responses and feelings to the information in the left-hand column are written. A Personal/Daily Life Journal can also be a Double-Entry Journal. The life events can be written in the left-hand column. When re-reading the journal weeks, months or years later, notations can be written in the right-hand column. The right-hand column can also be written in by your posterity and as it is passed down through the generations, a record of everyone's associated experiences can be recorded.

Food Journal:

For many, recording all foods consumed on a daily basis assists in making the necessary changes needed to maintain or lose weight. It can also ensure that the proper food is consumed for those on limited diets due to diseases such as diabetes. These journals can also record the emotions associated with limiting or improving the quality of food consumption. Include not only food, amounts and emotions, but also locations (examples: in the car while driving to work, on the couch while watching television, in a restaurant with friends)

Dream Journal:

Leave a journal and pen next to your bed to record your dreams the moment you wake up. These journals will help to recall the dreams after you fully awaken. Dreams can often provide inspiration and resolve problems that have provide stress in your life. Dream journals assist with insomnia by releasing the stressful thoughts that are keeping you awake. It can also help to identify the reasons causing a recurring nightmare or dream.

Pregnancy Journal:

A pregnancy journal can include not only the physical changes that take place during pregnancy, but also the emotional responses to the pregnancy, other people's reactions, and environmental changes due to the addition of another family member (example: move to a new house, painting the baby's room.) This will help you recall the experience and emotions of pregnancy and also a history that can be given to your child when they are grown.

Spiritual and Gratitude Journals:

A spiritual journal can record the spiritual events and your emotions pertaining to those moments in your life. Incorporated in this journal can be things and experiences for which you feel gratitude. It can record your spiritual growth through your testimony, prayers, and scriptures you have pondered. Spiritual journals include the learnings and emotions that you would like to pass on to your posterity.

Exercise Journal:

Exercise journals not only can record the actual exercises you perform each day, but also the results of the exercise and your emotions pertaining to the experience. This can motivate you towards continued exercise by a record of the positive changes that exercising has caused in your body and life.


Craft Journal

Journaling with not only projects, but also the pictures and patterns of those projects, can help to keep your crafts organized (examples: knitting patterns, thread color through dye lot code.)

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