This simple question, written in dry erase marker on a well-used white board, prompted Thrive! Leaders and Allies to reflect.
As they did, a sense of calm filled an otherwise conversation-filled dining hall.
Tana Warner, Thrive! Coach, shares the purpose behind weekly journaling.
“We introduced journaling as a tool to help our leaders reflect. Many of our leaders live in survival mode. When you are in crisis mode, you get through it. You don’t take time to see how you’ve changed, what you faced. Weekly journaling gives our families a chance to unload — to capture what is going on.”
Each week, Thrive! families and volunteers receive a reflection prompt. Some families, especially those with younger children, work together sharing their thoughts. Other families quietly write and offer each other the option to share. The process is highly flexible.
“When we can reduce stress, we can build on our strengths,” explains Tana. “The journals will eventually help leaders look back in 6 months and see how they’ve grown. It’s all about building resilience.”
Journaling was introduced as part of the current skill focus: Reducing Stress for A Healthier You.