Has a therapist ever told you to write a letter and never send it, or to just write out your feelings? Did you ignore them? In this interview with Nora McInerny, we find out the power of journaling and how it can help in even the most dire of situations.
Hey everyone, you’re in for a special treat! You’re going to hear the conversation I had with Nora McInerny, host of the podcast Terrible, Thanks For Asking, on the concept of a grudge book—her form of journaling.
I am a big fan of journaling and it’s commonly recommended by therapists. Additionally, it’s something that most people have access to and is relatively inexpensive as a self-care practice.
In this interview, you’ll hear how Nora used the grudge book through one of the most difficult times of her life—the loss of a loved one.
Some important takeaways:
- Journaling is an effective way to process painful emotions.
- Having a grudge for a period of time can be valid.
- Journaling can help a problem to feel more manageable.
- Journaling can help instill patience and a sense of discovery.
- There are many forms of journaling or writing that are beneficial to your mental health: gratitude, bullet, a regular notebook, letter writing, a grudge book, etc.