Journaling in any form: written, art, or online can be a helpful tool when you’re working on exploring how you’re feeling and what you’re thinking about day-to-day. I prefer Visual Journaling which is an artful expression. Creative expression (drawing, painting, collage) helps me to understand my day-to-day experiences, activities, and emotions. Visual journaling is a way of exploring feelings and experiences over time. It allows me to have insight and helps me understand how my life has changed from week to week, month to month, and year to year. I’ve spent my life documenting emotions, thoughts, feelings, and events. It allows me to get things out of my head and onto paper which can be very stress relieving!
Doing a 30-day challenge was difficult for me, as I struggle to form new habits and stick to something long enough to complete it, but I did complete it and was proud of my accomplishment. I recommend visual journaling, and I hope you get to take the time to do this for yourself, even if it’s only for a few minutes each day.
Samantha Walsh, MA, LCPC, ATR-P
Lead Child Therapist and Art Therapist