A SIMPLE HABIT TO CHANGE YOUR LIFE
Do you have a journal or practice journaling of any kind? Did you know that journaling has many benefits for your mental health and sense of self? Read on to find out more about why journaling is something you should add to your daily routine!
You know that feeling when you have so much to do that you just lay down and take a nap? The feeling of overwhelm is so much that it’s exhausting to even determine where to start... yup, I’ve been there too. And sometimes our thoughts can cause the same experience. You have so much to ponder, decide on, plan for, and stress about, that your thoughts become overwhelming and difficult to manage. If you experience this often, a journal might just be the solution you need.
A journal is an outlet that allows you to release opinions, stress, and emotions, and feel more mentally organized. Putting thoughts into writing can build self-awareness by helping one become more in tune with their emotions and creativity. Having a more secure understanding of oneself leads to greater confidence and success in any endeavors. Plus, if implemented as a daily habit, journaling creates a time that is just for you (be it 5 mins or half an hour) as a form of self-care.
How to Get Started
People often think of journaling in the “dear diary” sense. Recording all your – often secret – thoughts, feelings and experiences in a private way. But there are many forms of journaling. It doesn’t need to be extremely time consuming – even a few minutes per day can be very beneficial. Here are some types of journaling to consider:
Bullet Journaling: One of the most flexible methods to journal. Jot down quick thoughts or lists. Record a brainstorm of all your thoughts. Add doodles and side notes. Get creative or keep it simple. There are no rules!
Gratitude Journaling: No better way to boost your spirit than by focusing on the things for which you are grateful. This practice is perfect for someone who doesn’t want to spend a lot of time, but desires a daily writing practice and mood-boost.
Dream Journaling: Dreams are believed to be a window into a person’s subconscious and revealing of the deepest thoughts and feelings. Recording dreams can help you remember and decode the meaning of your dreams.
Doodle Journaling: No need to be an artist! Daily doodling and drawing can give you a mental break and fosters creativity.
Food Journal: Become more conscious of what you’re consuming. Not just for dieting and weight loss. Document foods you’ve tried or want to try; which you’ve enjoyed and not enjoyed. Record recipes you create or want to remember.
Niche Journaling: Record notes, thoughts, and ideas about any specific hobbies you have – travel, home DIY, makeup, books, gardening, etc.
Still not sure where to start? Try a guided journal with prompts and exercises for you to answer and follow. There are guided journals for certain niches (entrepreneur, fitness, religious, etc.), as well as options for anyone looking to add this habit to their life. Find them for sale on Amazon or at your local book store!
Lucie's Journaling TIp: Create a practice of journaling at the time time everyday. I do mine everyday with my morning cup of tea and keep my journal on the side table next to my couch. Just 5-10 minutes a day and I am ready for the day
I’d love to hear your experience with journaling and how it’s impacted your life! Feel free to reach out to discuss or ask any questions. Happy journaling!