Journaling with Teens Guest Post by Mari L. McCarthy (Book Giveaway)
September 5, 2011 in Book Club Possibility, Helping Girls and Women Around the World, High School Teachers, Journal Writing, Journal Writing, Middle School Teachers Tags: high school teachers, high school writing, journal activities, journal writing, journal writing for teens, WOW! blog tour
Journaling and Creativity
by Mari L. McCarthy
When you’re a teen, life can be challenging and scary. At any given time, you’re very likely to have at least one problem or another that concerns you and won’t let you be totally carefree.
Young people might be burdened by any of a range of issues:
pressure to conform
pressure not to conform
academic, athletic, or other kinds of competition
feelings of inadequacy
and the list goes on and on.
From a mature adult’s point of view, being a teenager looks terrifying.
For these reasons, cultivating creativity is very important at the adolescent level. When involved in creative activities, the individual’s personal response is key. Creativity allows young people to freely express. Since there are so few places in a teen’s life where total free expression is encouraged, creative workouts can relieve a great deal of tension.
There are endless ways to be creative, of course. You can draw, build, write, play, travel, and do any number of other things while involving your creativity. Whatever medium carries your muse, your journal serves well as the first and fundamental tool.
Journals are for dreaming and scheming, for describing your ideals. Then they are for making your lists and plans down to the last detail. Then they are for documenting your creative adventures, day by day, serving as the reflection that gives your creative work perspective and depth. And finally, your journal is your record of progress, your memoir for a quiet day in another, future time.
Maybe the best word to describe your journal is to call it your companion. When you’re a teen, it can be hard to know who to trust. But you can always trust your journal.
You can journal about anything at all. Some people keep several different journals going, each focused on a particular topic. You might journal about your creative projects, or your romances, or your school experiences, or your skateboarding adventures or anything else. You might journal whatever you feel like journaling today.
Shakespeare said actors on a stage “…hold as ’twere the mirror up to nature;” and I think journals do that, too. When you journal, you get a new dimension added to your experiences, as if you gained a new sense, a new way of seeing.
Your journal is where you know you are accepted and loved. It’s where the world can begin to make sense, and your place in it might even start to feel comfortable!
Mari L. McCarthy is The Journaling Therapy Specialist, founder of Journaling for the Health of It™. Please visit Mari’s blog at http://www.createwritenow.com/journal-writing-blog/. On her blog, you can find her books and more under JJ’s store: Who Are You? How to Use Journaling Therapy to Know and Grow Your Life, where Mari presents a gentle process for self-discovery through journaling; Your Money Matters! Use Journal Writing Therapy to Get Financially Fit Now; and 53 Weekly Writing Retreats.
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