When I was about 10 years old I read the book The Diary of Anne Frank, afterwards, I was determined to keep a diary-like Anne. I had a grand plan: I was going to have a special nickname for my diary and I was going to write my innermost thoughts and feelings. I think I filled about two pages until I thought, “Umm what the hell do I write about?” I had no clue how to start journaling and my journaling days quickly came to an end. Back then I didn’t know or understand the benefits of journaling.
As I grew older the thought of keeping a journal stuck in the back of my mind, but I never acted on it. The blank pages I was confronted with were daunting. I became overwhelmed and felt lost on where to start. I didn’t start journaling until late last year when I felt the need to release a few things. My original thinking that a journal can only document your everyday life has shifted. A journal is a safe place, its purpose being to provide an outlet. Taking time to reflect is a caring gesture to yourself.
Journaling allows you to:
- Release deep thoughts
- Work out life’s hard moments
- Explore feelings that cloud the brain
- Remember times with family and friends that brought you joy
- Document your journey and growth
- Observe the world
- Explore ideas and concepts
- Get to know yourself
- Provide cathartic introspection
Journaling can be – just a word, a drawing or painting, doodles, poems, or a short story. Some days you may choose to write in length, other days you may sketch a drawing. Try a few different methods out to see which fits you best, it may be a combination of a few or it may be just one, and that’s ok. Do what feels best for you.
How to start journaling?
- A gratitude journal
- A stress journal
- An ideas journal
- An everyday journal
- A to-do journal
- An art journal
- A dream journal
- A list journal
There are many ways you can journal and rather than staring at a blank page, not knowing what to do, you can learn techniques that make you get into a flow much quicker and actually enjoy the process! Using techniques, prompts and guidelines will get you journaling pages and reaping all of its benefits in no time!
What’s the best thing that happened to you today, and why? How can you get more of that in your life?
- What’s the best thing that happened to you today, and why? How can you get more of that in your life?
- How can you show yourself kindness and self-love today?
- Where do you want to be, and what is the main thing stopping you from being there?
- What are five areas of life in which you’d like to improve?
- What is one thing you want to approach differently tomorrow?
- How have you made yourself proud today?