A Self Care Christmas Day 21: Recording Memories Can be as Easy as 1, 2, 3

Do you keep a journal? I mean a diary where you write down thoughts and emotions? A record of events and more? Research shows that journalling can boost mood, health and more. It frees up expression, lets you vent emotions without fear of comeback, unless the source of you annoyances gets a look, and it lets you unburden your mind freely.

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I don’t know about you, but this is not the time of year for me to try and start anything demanding. I may well add keeping a journal to my Hibernation list next year, but that’s for another post. (In the absence of Beauty that Moves running her annual Hibernate retreat this year, I’m keeping my own Hibernation. January and February spent writing, reading, crafting and enjoying company. I’ll be posting about it on here and on my Instagram feed. Perhaps you’d consider it as well?)

No, at Christmas time any journalling I do has to be of the simplest, most basic kind. That’s why I fall back on one of my favourite things. List-making. Seriously, you can record a lot of memories by just making them into lists. And list making appears not to demand much time or effort, so it fools even the most reluctant diarist into sharing or saving their memories. It can also be done as a group thing, so keeping a journal can be a family or friendship group activity as well.

Starting a journal is simple: grab a notebook, grab a pen and get going. Do you need some more Christmas journal inspiration? How about this list of Christmas lists to make in your journal? You’re welcome!

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