I tend to ruminate and since I do that, I research and research. I think the Happiness Box Project is a form of a journal, just not in book form.
I Googled “Journaling Doesn’t Work For Me” and it took me to this site. I read through it and I believe The Happiness Box Project counts as Life Affirming Writing:
Choose topics to cheer you on and lift you up. It’s too easy to spend time off the page with the inner critic, self-doubt or the voice of ED. This is a chance to break free. Write about
- Triumphs of recovery
- Successes of the week
- Your assets
- Steps taken forward in your life
I used to have a private blog that I used as a diary. Dead Journal never really took off and there are only a few members since in 2003 the creators limited it to people who already had journals could invite others. I still have that blog, it’s friend’s only, and as of three years ago, I only had one follower. I’ve meant to update it more often, but I think my Happiness Box Project helps.
I would rather have someone tell me, “I’m sorry, I just have too much on my plate and I can’t really handle your emotions right now, as I’m going through something” instead of saying my journaling method doesn’t work and maybe I should try prompts. I still want to talk to people and I still want a dialog of things that are bothering one another.
Corporate at my job has started this COVID-19 Zoom chat and they give tips every weekday of how to handle the anxiety and gives us a safe space to talk. I find this really helpful and it’s nice to talk in a safe space.