8/11/2013 6:01:00 AM WRITING YOUR WAY TO HEALTH Workshop to demonstrate therapeutic
and goal-setting benefits of journaling
West Yavapai Guidance Clinic
If you keep a journal, you already know the power of writing down thoughts, goals and insights. If you don't keep a journal, perhaps an upcoming workshop is the time to see if this technique will give you the freedom, power and therapeutic impact you are seeking.
On Friday, Aug. 16, "Journaling for Health: A Workshop" will be offered in Prescott from 10 am to 4 p.m. (with a break for lunch on your own). Facilitating this workshop will be Victoria W. Smith, who is a life coach, contributor to InRecovery Magazine, Senior Peer Program volunteer and a retired attorney. There is a fee of $50, but scholarships are available - don't let financial struggles keep you from calling to register.
To learn more and to sign up for this space-limited journaling workshop, call Victoria at 533-4290. Callers will learn more about the flow of the workshop when they contact the facilitator, but participants will definitely need to bring something to write in, a favorite writing instrument, markers, colored pencils, pictures of family or other materials they may wish to use.
What might you gain from a workshop like this? Victoria recalls one woman who became very clear about what she wanted to do with the next decade of her life. Through her writing projects, she was able to see an underlying theme of independence and freedom. She took action and started doing extensive traveling.
There are many benefits to the process of journaling, with just one being that it can provide an outlet for reflecting on positive things. According to the website www.mentalhealthamerica.net, thinking negatively can drag down your mood and your health. But experts say you can learn to be less gloomy. One technique they mention is keeping a gratitude journal. This means to write down anything that makes you smile, like great relationships or special occasions.
For those who complete the Journaling Class and are motivated to move on to a six-week Writing Memoir series, that begins on September 6. There is a fee, but again, know that scholarships ensure that this is not a stumbling block. Facilitating these classes will be Greg Smith who is a life coach, Veteran, retired machinist, and Senior Peer volunteer. Materials needed for this class are a loose leaf notebook, any prior stories or materials that may have been done on memoirs, a favorite writing instrument, or a laptop.
A portion of the proceeds for each class is donated to the Senior Peer Program of West Yavapai Guidance Clinic. For more information on this prevention program, call 445-5211 ext 2672.