Being a pre-teen can be a challenging experience loaded with confusing things. A pre-teen is confronted with the development of their individuality and integrating themselves into becoming socially productive people. This is not an easy task and often can produce stress within the pre-teen. Using a journal can help the pre-teen cope with those stressful moments more effectively. Here are some ways the journal can help.
As a pre-teen grows and develops, their life may seem to become scattered and disorganized. The demands of family, school, friends, and other activities can become overwhelming, causing them to lose their inner sense of direction. A journal can become a resource to help the pre-teen become more organized and less scattered in their thinking and resulting behavior.
In some instances a pre-teen may not have someone to help them sort confusing issues out, or they may feel uncomfortable sharing bewildering issues with the significant people in their life. When the pre-teen is confronted with such issues life can feel nearly unbearable for them and the feeling of loneliness can consume them. The pre-teen who maintains a journal can avoid some these types of issues and become more dependent on their own ability to rationalize and cope with confusion.
One of the results of confusion, for a person without an outlet to express themselves, is that thoughts and emotions can become pent-up inside of them. Everyone has heard the phrase “he (or she) is a walking time bomb”. Being a walking time bomb is the result of keeping, or stuffing, thoughts and emotions and the pre-teen caught in this position is not a happy person. The journal can become a means for the pre-teen to express what they are feeling as a result of what going on in and around them. Journaling can be a source of release for the young person.
The stress of confusion can also cause a pre-teen to lose their focus. The pre-teen can become so distracted by their confusing thoughts and emotions that their interaction with the world around them can suffer dramatically. Family and friends can find themselves placed at a distance from their loved ones. School grades and activities can decline when a young person feels unfocused. Journaling can assist the pre-teen in transcending confusion and help them reestablish a clear focus for themselves.
With the stress of confusion comes instability and the pre-teen in this position does not know what they want, much less have the ability to productively meet the social demands of the environment around them. The unstable pre-teen is an unpredictable pre-teen. This situation is not necessarily their fault and can exist because they don’t have a means to sort themselves out. Journaling can provide any pre-teen with a means to help them sort issues out and maintain their stability.
Personal empowerment is one of the greatest and most profitable advantages of journaling for the pre-teen. Empowerment is the result of the pre-teen being able to sort out their thoughts and emotions in a responsible manner. Journaling is one way that the pre-teen responsibly processes their life experience. And when a young person feels empowered, they are less likely to be scattered and disorganized and more not to be adversely affected by stress.