If you're like me, you've been told all your life that journaling is good for you. And although this is true; according to the Health Encyclopedia from the University of Rochester journaling helps to manage anxiety, reduce stress and cope with depression, the act of journaling itself sometimes feels like the biggest challenge of all.
Where do you begin? What do you write about? What if you can’t think of anything worth saying?
If you have questions like these or more, and you are looking to boost your productivity and creativity, we’re here to help!
Here are some easy steps that will help you transform journaling from a daunting, tiring task, to a mood boosting, and motivating part of your everyday routine. Whether you want to use it as a personal diary or to help with your mental health, journaling is a great way to connect with yourself and improve your wellbeing. Let's get started!
BUY A JOURNAL
While this may seem painfully obvious, having a space specifically for the act of journaling is the first step to properly implementing it as a productive activity in your routine. Although you do not need to buy a fancy new journal, it is important to have a clean and clutter-free area for your thoughts. Whether this means creating a new folder on Google Docs or simply using an old (empty) notebook, having a blank place for you to unleash your thoughts will be the perfect fresh start to transform journaling into a healthy new habit in your life.
If you are in the mood to treat yourself to a new journal, here are a few of our favorites!
Okay, so you’ve tackled the first hurdle in journaling: buying a journal. What’s next?
Deciding what to write about can easily be the most difficult and simultaneously beautiful parts of journaling. If you’re struggling with deciding what to write about, following journal prompts, especially when you first begin your journaling journey, can be helpful guidance for writing. Following these prompts can help spark more insightful and creative writing, increasing the productivity of your journaling experience. If you find that prompts feel intimidating at first, you may want to start writing about your day or week. These personal diary style prompts may help spark some emotions, experiences and thoughts you have been experiencing lately, which are excellent outlets for journaling.
Here is an easy (and fun) 50 day journaling guide to follow from one of our favorite social media Influencers, Margot Lee!
@margot.lee DAY ONE!! Use #PenToPaperJournal if you’re following along 📓 #Journaling #LifeSnapshot ♬ Cold Little Heart - Michael Kiwanuka
MAKE IT A HABIT
There really isn't a right or wrong way to journal. As long as journaling feels like a positive outlet or a space to heal, grow or simply just let out or document your worries, thoughts or dreams or anything else, you are doing journaling right!
The best way to get the most out of journaling is to make it a habit. Whether you journal every morning, night or every other day, creating the habit of journaling as a constant part of your life will only be beneficial for the rest of your daily routine.
So there you have it! Hopefully with these tips you will start to feel clearer, lighter and more productive in no time. Whether you're using it as a personal diary or for mental health purposes, journaling can be an extremely beneficial practice. Remember to have fun with it and to not take yourself too seriously.