I kept this big tin can that used to have like hot cocoa in it; and i filled it with stickers I’ve been buying /collecting for different moods. so now when I journal and such, i can either collage my emotions with stickers or do things like, put one i associate with the writing/emotion beside it or something. it also is great for like, when you’re trying to track your emotions or describe things. especially for when you’re trying to figure out what happened and when. i’ve gotten in the habit, of like time stamping my writing; even the handwritten things, so i know what day/time it was.
sometimes it helps just for inspiration too, when you want to write in general, but can’t get your thoughts together and need like a prompt or something to kick start