Do you practice journal writing???
Well, I’ve spent years in journal writing about the different concerns. Be it the questions for myself, the things I’m grateful for, my daily events, motivational quotes, let it go list and much more. To be honest, writing has always been a therapy to me because I never had any listener in my life.
So, to make sure I should not get overwhelmed or burnout with that continuous chatter in my head, I used to let those thoughts flow through my words. And even now, whenever I need to get something off my chest, I just open a diary or take a blank page and let the words flow out.
WHAT IS JOURNAL WRITING
In simple language, Journal Writing is a self-help practice to let go of the thoughts which are continuously running in your mind. It is an act of writing your thoughts, feelings and perceptions about different life events. If you’re the one struggling with stress or anxious thoughts, journaling is a great idea to ease your emotions, remove brain fog, attain mental calm and improve the quality of your life.
TOPICS FOR JOURNAL WRITING
If you’re a beginner and have no idea what to fill your journals with – Don’t worry, I’ve got some resources for you. I know if often happens that may be you love the idea of journaling, but you don’t know where to start. You want to make journaling a habit, but get a writer’s block whenever you open a page.
I’ve put together this free mini guide to journaling to help you make it a habit. Moreover, I’ve put 20 Journal Prompts | Journal Writing Prompts to help you get out of your own head when you feel stuck, frustrated or overwhelmed.
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WHY IS JOURNAL WRITING IMPORTANT | HOW DOES JOURNAL WRITING HELP
Often times, we are not able to share with others what we are going through. Well there could be many reasons. Sometimes, we don’t have a good listener in our life. On the other hand, sometimes we don’t feel comfortable sharing numerous things with our loved ones because we don’t want to make them feel worried about us. Or sometimes, even if we have a good listener in our life, but that person is not trustworthy.
At the end of the day, we again get caught up in our hectic schedules and get so busy in moving forward with our life that we hardly make time for self-reflection. But we need to understand that how significant it is to slow down and be at one with our own thoughts. Here I’ve outlined five reasons why journaling is so important and how does it help in self-reflection.
1. Makes Sense of things
When we keep our thoughts floating in our heads, it can only lead to disturbance, confusions, worries and frustration. So it is very important to calm your head by letting those thoughts come out. Getting your thoughts on paper can help you to understand why you’re feeling this way and what action steps you can take to overcome these emotions.
2. Gives Solutions
When you jot down what you’re feeling, it helps to give clarity about certain things and emotions that you’re feeling at the moment. If you’ll keep thinking same thoughts over and over without taking action, you’ll end up seeing your problems bigger than they actually are. So it is very important to take a moment to pause, reflect and look within, this will help you to get solutions and you’ll feel clear about what next to do.
3. Reduce Stress
Continuous flow of thoughts leads to an abundance of stress which can be damaging to your physical and mental well-being. It’s proven. However, journaling is an incredible tool to let go those thoughts by lowering the levels of stress. Moreover, it is a great way to organize one’s thoughts, clearing one’s mind and promoting problem solving.
4. Enhanced Self-awareness
We can’t fully understand our thoughts, emotions, goals, strengths and weaknesses without self-awareness. Even, I myself have learned so much about me simply by writing. Writing about what I’m feeling at the moment, what I want, how will I achieve that goal helps me a lot to get clear about certain things. It feels like stress itself went out of my way.
5. Add mindfulness
Reflecting upon what’s going in your life simply gives a clear picture of everything. Clarity, undoubtedly helps to know better where we need to put our time and energy on regular basis. When you’ll be clear about what you exactly want, you will feel more calm and focused. And this will also give you the opportunity to add more fun and joy in your life.
Related Post – 5 more ways to add mindfulness to your daily routine.
HOW TO START A JOURNALING PRACTICE
Whether you’re new to journaling or doing it from years, I’ve put together few tips about “How do you start writing a journal”.
Step One: PREPARE
First thing that you need to do is to arrange something to write on. Find a journal, a piece of paper, notebook or a diary to write down. And get yourself an environment which is free from distractions so that you can write mindfully and let the thoughts flow without any disturbance.
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Step Two: DECIDE
Next thing that you need to do is to decide certain things and get clear about it
1. When will you write (Morning or Night)
2. How many pages will you write (1-3 pages are enough)
3. How much time will you give to your journaling practice?
4. Whether you’ll write daily or once or twice a week?
Step Three: THINK
By this, I mean to give yourself some time to think about what you want to write. But if you really want to make journaling your habit, you need to schedule some time for yourself (probably 10-15 mins) to write mindfully. Journaling is a part of your self-care so to make more out of it – Think for 2-3 minutes, start writing and let those thoughts flow. Once you’ll start writing, one thought will follow more thoughts itself, and writing them down will help you to clear you mind from all the dump.
Related Post – Why self-care is so important and how to do this.
Step Four: WRITE
Now start writing no matter what is there in your mind. Don’t filter you words, and don’t even over-think. Be honest and just keep writing. Think about the situation that you’re writing about it. Recognize how this situation is affecting your life – positively or negatively? Why this situation is affecting you in a certain way? Figure out what’s draining your mental energy. Now read again. Find out if you feel clear about some patterns or not. See if you found what to do next.
THE MOST FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Before I recapitulate the blog, I would like to answer some queries that I’ve received about Journaling so that rest of the readers can also get more clear picture about Journaling.
1. Should I journal everyday?
– Well it completely depends upon your personal preference. If you’re a beginner, try practicing journal regularly for one month and then figure out how does it work for you. To make more out of it, all you need is to commit a disciplined timing for journaling. Be it once or twice a week or regularly, be disciplined and honest.
2. Does Journaling help anxiety?
– One of my cousin cured her anxiety and fear through journaling. It completely depends upon you how to utilize your journaling habit. Some people start over-thinking about what they write. However, the real purpose of journaling is to clear you head with the racing thoughts, figuring out how these thoughts are affecting you. And ultimately, taking action steps to beat your negative emotions.
3. What questions are in the 5 minute journal?
5 minute journal is a great way to practice journaling on busy days. Here I have prepared a printable 5 minute journal to help you ease your thoughts by adding some positivity in your life.