Try starting with the same prompt. Starting an entry is best done in the form of a question. The main thing to keep in mind is that these questions should be open-ended and require more than a few words or sentences to answer. Reflect on the thoughts and feelings. Inspiration will find you – but only when you are writing.
Always end on a positive or hopeful note. Ending with positivity gives you clarity to remind you of your goals and encourage your action plan to achieve them. It highlights the feeling that regardless of the pain/disability you experience, there is always that next step to strive for.
Challenge yourself to be as honest as you can. Honesty gives you results. Being honest with your emotions allows you to understand and acknowledge where you are on your rehabilitation journey. Ask yourself, despite all the bad, what can you learn?
Make it routine – try entering your diary the same time each day. Journaling whenever you are in the mood and inspired is bound to fail. To make journaling a part of your daily routine, set aside a time for it. Anchor it to another habit you are already great at maintaining. We humans love to make a chain of habits and we hate to see it break.
Consider the environment you are in when you are writing your diary. A quite calm place allows your mind to open. Distractions are commonly more noticeable in a place you do not feel completely at piece. If you are feeling uninspired, then change your surroundings. There is no right time and place for journaling – it’s about finding whatever works for you.