Journaling for ADHD

Guest Post by Megan Mansyr   ADHD manifests itself differently within the varying populations of those who suffer from the disorder and is largely dependent on the victim’s age. While children with ADHD seem to respond best to stimulant medical intervention, adolescents and adults seem to be able to adjust using behavioral therapy, either in conjunction with or without medical intervention. Among these, cognitive therapies such as self-reflective journaling appear to hold great promise in treating ADHD later in life.             Under the Cognitive theory, “learning is constructive…not repetitive… , “self-awareness” and “self-regulation” are essential to learning and “cognitive growth,”
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Make Journaling a Habit

  We’re told that developing a habit can take anywhere from 21 days to 30 days, especially if we are determined to make the necessary changes and maybe even feel a little uncomfortable in the process. Can this be true of developing our journaling habit? I think we have a good chance if we practice a few consistent behaviors. Time: I like to journal in the evening before I hit the pillow. This has always worked well for me, but it took me a while to discover it was my best writing time. Some people like to write first thing
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364 Days of Thanksgiving – Giveaway

364 Days of Thanksgiving was written to encourage you to keep a journal – to write down every day one blessing God has given you. There is only one catch. You can never repeat. It has to be a different blessing every day. Sign up to win a free copy of 364 Days of Thanksgiving by author Pastor Andrew Schroer.  Just two simple steps: Join The National Association of Christian Journal Writers at nacjw.com. LIKE https://www.facebook.com/364daysofthanksgiving/.   Drawing will be held on Friday, February 26, 2016. a Rafflecopter giveaway
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Journaling: A Gift That Keeps on Giving

  When I started my first diary – a secret one of course – in my early teens, I had no inkling what a momentous step I’d just taken. I don’t remember how or why I ended up keeping a diary in the first place, because I didn’t know anyone who kept one. It simply wasn’t the kind of thing that was encouraged, or even thought of in the environment I grew up in. But I was the kid who used to write poems and stories, so starting to scribble my own thoughts was a natural extension. That was my
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Win a copy of the Jot Bible Life Notes Book

It’s time for another raffle sponsored by Journaling4Faith, the National Association of Christian Journal Writers and Jot Bible Life Notes.  Instead of scattering your handwritten notes across multiple journals, or squeezing them along the margins of your Bible, the Jot Bible Life-Notes journal makes it possible to keep all of your notes together in one well-organized volume. Follow the directions below to win a copy of the Jot Bible Life Notes book!  (Value: $115.00) Directions: 1. Sign up for a Free Membership on NACJW https://www.nacjw.com 2. Visit Jot Bible Life Notes webpage at: http://jotbiblelifenotes.com/ We will choose a winner on Friday,
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Journal Your Way Through Holiday Stress

  As much as I love Thanksgiving and Christmas, I often find myself overwhelmed with all that I need to accomplish. And once the stress sets in, it can be difficult to find my way back to the joy of the real reason for the season. Even though I’m busy, I know that I need to grab my journal to help manage my stress. To clear away the stress and focus on our Lord, set aside some time to journal your way to peace and clarity. Follow this process to get started: Find a quiet place to begin your writing
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Ready to Write?

  I have some exciting news! The National Association of Christian Journal Writers (NACJW), along with other fellow Christian authors, will be developing a new book titled Write Changes: Stories of Transformation Through Journal Writing. But the truly exciting piece of our latest adventure is that we are opening up this opportunity to anyone who has a story of their own to share. Therefore, if you want to share how journaling has helped make changes in your life, we would love for you to become authors along with us. And, the first 10 people who decide to join our team
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Tips on Keeping a Food Journal

  Are you or your clients struggling to lose weight or simply want to keep an eye on what your food intake looks like? You may have tried keeping a food journal to focus attention on calorie intake or food selections. Focusing on food intake in a journal as a therapeutic strategy to understand habits and patterns is a great supplement to traditional therapy techniques. Additionally, keeping a food diary for weight loss has been researched and found to yield positive results.   Let’s look at some ways to make the most of your food journal.   Goals: Decide what
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Journaling for Self Supervision

  We have no second thoughts about asking our clients to journal for a deeper understanding of self and their behaviors, but how often are WE journaling? If you are asking your clients to journal, what better way to understand the process then to engage in reflective writing yourself? Let’s look at the benefits to using journaling for self-supervision:   Self-Awareness: Journaling as a regular practice can assist you with your own life and help build an awareness of self that can positively affect your ability to be a productive counselor or health practitioner. Even though we are helping professionals
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A Reflection Statement Can Make The Difference

  When I have something to say, I can write away for hours in my journal; but, what good does that do? Is the act of writing down my thoughts enough to make a difference in my life? For me, it depends. Sure, dumping out our thoughts on paper gives relief to both mind and body. Many times this can be enough to help us get to sleep or function effectively for the day. What, then, about the long term? Can there be even greater benefits involved in our writing? I’m all about action steps and moving forward. If we
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