What is journaling?
Is it Dear Diary? Writing down all of your secrets? A place to share your thoughts openly? The answer lies in questions and whatever you want it to be.
Encouraged as children to keep a diary, to write down thoughts and enjoyment from it. Why is it less common to keep this tradition going in adulthood?
For me personally, as an introvert, who naturally has lots of thoughts going on internally I have found journaling really helpful in giving focus, order and calmness to my thought patterns. It’s a place just for me to write and not worry about what anyone else thinks.
I have found it particularly helpful at the beginning of the day. Journaling at the same time every day brings consistency and the consistency builds the habit.
Takes 5-10 minutes each day and makes such a difference
Spend so much time planning a holiday, house move, why not put a little time each day creating this positive habit to impact your life.
Positive Focus For Day
Positive Review Of Day
Buy a specific notepad, journal (amazon – gratitude journal, minute a day journal etc) or use a document online. Whatever works for you. I find physically holding pen in hand means that different thoughts and tapping into sub conscious can sometimes occur.
Do it at the same time each day – start with just a few minutes
Review how you feel after you have journaled
If journaling in morning do it before looking at emails
Can work nicely coupled with gratitude meditation/learning something new/tagged on to other positive morning routine elements
It’s for you and only you, don’t worry about how little or much you write, like anything the more you do the easier it becomes.
Notice the patterns that are beginning to emerge – what do you notice? What can you learn? What positive step can you take to support your development/growth?