What is Journaling?
Journaling can be anything you want it to be. It is essentially, pen, paper and thoughts. The two main ways I journal are free writing or using prompts.
Free Writing – Is writing about anything you like. For myself, it is a big dump of all my thoughts and feelings. I like to use it as a way to empty out the brain and create a clear path in my mind.
Prompts – Are great if you are new to journaling and are struggling with putting pen to paper. They are also great at getting the mind thinking and you may have thoughts you didn’t even know about. I like to use prompts regularly especially when reflecting on the week or month.
How to start Journaling?
Get yourself a beautiful notebook that inspires you. Pick something you love, as you will then be more likely to use it. Keep your journal where you will use it. I like to keep mine in my home office where I journal every morning.
When to Journal?
Whenever works for you. Personally I love to start my day with some journaling, I find it sets me up for the day and positive emotions flow from the practise. I also love to journal at the end of a big, productive day and release all my thoughts.
What are the benefit to Journaling?
There are many benefits from journaling including but not limited to;
- improved mental health
- ease of anxiety and stress
- being more self aware of your thoughts and feelings
- a way of tracking your goals and intentions
- a way of reflecting on achievements and becoming aware of areas for improvement
My personal Journal practise
Each morning I journal as part of my morning routine, what I journal about each day can vary, depending on my thoughts and feelings.
My non-negotiable journal prompts are;
- 3 things I am grateful for
- Today I will statement, this can be absolutely anything I want to make happen that day, how I want to feel, something I want to achieve.
After this I will free write. Some of the things I write about include;
- My emotions; how I am feeling, why I am feeling like this, how I actually want to feel
- Any thoughts or realisations I am having
- Any situations that may have caused triggers for me, why I feel triggered and how I will move through this
- My goals and manifestations; describe exactly what I am working towards, how I will feel when I have it, what action steps I can take towards making them happen
- On a Sunday I reflect on the week I had; how I felt overall, things I achieved, things I didn’t do, I then set new intentions for the week and any action steps I can take towards my goals and manifestations
Time to Journal
I have included a free list of journal prompts to get you all started, click link below.
Please feel free to email or dm myself on socials if you have any questions.