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Why and How to Journal After Divorce

Coping with the emotional ups and downs you’re about to experience in divorce will require many things, including support from friends and family and possibly therapy [1]. One easy thing to help: write in a journal.

Why Journal During or After Divorce

Journaling is a way to let out emotions in a safe place. If you vent on social media or to an untrustworthy person, you may find your statements coming back to haunt you. In a journal you have free rein to say whatever you want. Doing so will also help you realize what you actually think. Once the ink is flowing, you may read something you’ve written and think, “Wow, I didn’t realize I felt that way.”

Journaling is also a perfect milestone marker. As you chronicle the steps of your divorce, you can chronicle your own journey as a person. You’ll be going through many changes as you move from “married” to “separated” to “divorced.” Along the way it’s nice to record achievements from personal goals you set or the small wins you find each day. In other words, writing in a journal is a good way to grow.

writing in a journal after divorce [2]

Photo by Ray Dumas.

Writing in a journal before bed often helps you sleep. By emptying yourself of the day’s baggage, you can rest more easily, and not re-stir the same pot over and over again in the dark.

How to Journal

Those who have journaled in the past may find it easy. If you’ve never picked up pen and put it to paper, writing out your thoughts and feelings may seem a little strange. Some tips to get started:

If you still have trouble figuring out what to write, here are some approaches:

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