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Journaling as a way to well-being in maternity and beyond

Discover an avant-garde project called Maternal Journal, which I am proudly facilitating for the first time in person in Epsom this summer.

Journaling offers a wealth of benefits for our mental health and overall well-being. It's a practice that anyone can embrace, not just writers and artists. During significant life changes, such as becoming a mother or parent, journaling can be a powerful tool for navigating these transitions.

What Exactly is Journaling?

Journaling is a personal space to jot down your thoughts, feelings, and experiences. Think of it as a private conversation with yourself. It's a way to gain clarity, process emotions, and reflect on life's positive and challenging moments.

Flexible and Accessible

One of the most significant aspects of journaling is its flexibility. You don't need a fancy diary; you can use anything from scrap paper to your phone’s notes app. Journaling fits seamlessly into your life, whether you write early in the morning, late at night, on the bus, or during your child’s nap time. Even if you’ve never journaled, you'll find your unique style as you go along, tapping into your natural creativity.

Getting Started

If you’re interested in starting a journaling practice but aren’t sure where to begin, the Maternal Journal journaling guides are here to help ( Created by leading artists, midwives, therapists, parents, and friends in the Maternal Journal community, these guides offer a supportive entry point into the journaling world.

Journaling with Others

Joining a group to journal can bring additional support and encouragement—similar to women’s making circles throughout history, group journaling fosters mutual respect and interest.

A Feminist Tradition

Historically, journaling has been a crucial way for women to express their personal, political, and social views. Notable figures like Frida Kahlo, Virginia Woolf, and Ida B. Wells kept diaries that combined writing and pictures.

Video diaries, blogging, and social media have become modern extensions of this tradition.

Establishing a regular journaling practice connects you to a powerful feminist legacy of storytelling and self-expression.

If you live in Epsom and the surrounding areas, find more information in the offers section of the website.

If you want to join one of my groups online, comment below, and I will let you know when the next online meeting starts!

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