The Privilege and Benefits of Journaling: What If Your Hands Hurt To Write?

The Privilege and Benefits of Journaling: What If Your Hands Hurt To Write?

Originally written and recorded April 2017—In this week's Self Care Spotlight podcast, I had the privilege of talking to warrior woman, Julie Cerrone. Julie is a woman with psoriatic arthritis, but despite her condition she remains utterly vibrant and positive! Due to the inability to use her hands to write much of the time, her perspective on writing in your journal versus typing or talk to text, and even speaking things out loud, is fascinating and EYE OPENING! 

Do you take the ability to write for granted?

After talking with Julie, I can tell you that my perspective and appreciation of journaling has shifted for the better. Although Julie used to have a dedicated journal practice and said she still keeps piles of old journals (don't we all!), she explained to me in our interview that much of the time her hands simply hurt too much to use the fine motor skills needed to hold a pencil and write in her journal. Hence, her second option is typing on the computer which she wears special gloves for, or on the days when even typing is too much, she uses the talk to text function on her computer. But we all know how frustrating that can be! You say one thing and the computer picks up another; however, the thing I found most fascinating was her explanation of how journaling is hands down the most effective way of clearing your mind and getting out what you are trying to say! 

As we chatted on this radical perspective, I thought, "My gosh, you are SO right!" Although I advocate for the use of journaling as a self care and personal growth technique (obviously), I had never really given it this much intentional thought in comparison to other modalities, like typing. This really hit home for me as the creator of a company focused on writing...

What if you couldn't write?  

The mental processes that are happening as you write it out in your journal are also clearing it out in your mind. Julie said that it's almost hard to explain, but there is just nothing like mentally processing to yourself and simultaneously writing. Typing somewhat gets you there, but it just can't quite land in the same way digitally as on a physical page.

So how does Julie plan on using The Journal Deck? For her, she'll be pulling a card and most likely meditating on her answer mentally. Perhaps if anything, this has solidified my belief that journaling is one of the best tools for finding clarity!