No matter what you’re struggling with, it’s all cool. I’ve been there too. Here you’ll find some answers to frequently asked questions as well as some external support info.
Hopefully the following will help fire you back up again and remind you that you’re OK. My main advice with all this stuff is that you can’t get any part of it wrong. It’s not how well you do something but that you did it at all that leads to profound moments.
How do I keep my Journal private?
Keeping it in the case will help. As will storing it somewhere private such as your sock drawer. If you’re really concerned, keep your journal in a small secure box with a lock on it.
How often should I write in my Journal?
As often as you feel. Once a day, once a week, once a month. It depends on why you’re keeping a journal. How often do you hit the gym vs. how often you would like to hit the gym? Don’t feel guilty for not doing it.
How long should I write for?
Again, however long feels comfortable. Sometimes you’ll write for five minutes. Other times could be an hour or more. Give yourself time.
I can’t be bothered to write. Do I have to?
No. In fact, write just that in your entry for the day.
Some of the questions don’t apply to me
Try asking yourself why you can’t answer it and write that down. You can always come back to it later.
Should I share my Journal with anyone say, my partner or family?
Totally up to you. If you discover something that you feel you want to share then why not share it? Reading it out loud is better than having them read it, though. Just in case.
Do I have to work through the Journal in order?
It’s been structured to build up your confidence and skill in keeping a Journal. But there are no right or wrongs here. Do it however you feel is right for you.
I forgot to add the date to my entry. Does this matter?
It’s a good idea to add it when you remember and make sure to add it before you start each entry. That way you can track your progress over time.
I’ve finished my Journal. What’s next?
First of all, let’s fist bump that shit with an explosion because that is amazing to hear. The next thing is to keep going and keep writing! If you want more paper just head to the shop page to order a new Journal and continue your journey.
Global Crisis Lines
I found that keeping a Journal opened up a voice inside me that had lay dormant my entire life.
Not talking led me to a point where I imploded into my own black hole where no light could escape. But there was light. There were people around me to help me out. Below you’ll find some people in your area that are there to listen. Use them. It’s OK to put your hand up and ask for help. It doesn’t make you weak, or less of a man.
Lifeline is a national charity providing all Australians experiencing a personal crisis with access to 24-hour crisis support. www.lifeline.org.au
CANADA: CRISIS LINE
The professionally trained Crisis Line Responders are there to answer your call 24 hours a day, seven days a week. www.crisisline.ca
UK: CALM ZONE
This helpline is for men who are down or have hit a wall for any reason, who need to talk or find information and support. www.thecalmzone.net
NAMI is America’s largest mental health organisation, dedicated to helping millions of Americans affected by mental illness. www.nami.org
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