What is journaling? Why do we journal? How do we even get started? It's likely that you've heard friends talk about journaling in various forms or even tried it in the past. Journaling can benefit everyone; it can help you deal with "big feelings" by providing you with a safe space to share your thoughts and nurture your mind. Here are some top journaling tips for beginners.
When we say journaling, we do mean pen and paper and not so much keeping notes on your phone or laptop. Find the right journal for you, something unique and something that will fuel your creativity. We aren't saying that journaling isn't possible on an electronic device vs. traditional pen and paper, but a break away from your phone or computer is always a step in the right direction to fuel your creativity and nurture your mind.
It doesn't matter if you don't feel creative one day vs. the other, every day makes it a habit of writing down your thoughts. You don't need to write a novel; 4-5 lines will do. What's important here is creating momentum and consistency. Once you have established consistency you are more likely to find that your journal entries come easily.
Journal in the morning
There's no better way to start your day than to fuel your mind with positive thoughts, motivation, ideas, positivity, and gratitude. Just like exercising our body in the morning, doing the same for our mind has definite benefits. Starting your day right can make the world of a difference when it comes to your productivity.
Set a goal for journaling
When we set goals for ourselves, we are more likely to finish what we started or adapt to new habits making them regular. If your goal is to journal every day, set the alarm to remind yourself. If your goal is to journal about your business goals, make sure that you ask yourself and acknowledge how journaling can help your business. Whatever your goal may be, it’s important to follow through.
Your journal is a space for gratitude
When we think positively, we attract positivity. Keep your journal free of negative thoughts and notes. When you have a bad day, take a moment to acknowledge the good that happened and journal what you are thankful for. If you are feeling stuck, answer the following three questions as your journal entry.
1. What are you grateful for?
2. Name one positive experience that happened this month.
3. What are two of your strengths?
Answering these questions when you feel stuck will help you keep your journal in a positive space.
Don't overthink it
When you are thinking of starting your journey into the journaling world you can feel a little intimidated, the best way to start is to simply start. Allow yourself to discover your inner writing talent and bring your ideas to fruition with the help of journaling.
In a relationship? Having some quiet time together in the journal can bring you closer together. It can spark conversations such as "What are your thoughts?" "Is there anything that you would like to share with me today?" "What are some of your goals, how can I help you?" While journaling together you may gain a deeper understanding of one another and know the right questions to ask to help your partner. Sharing your thoughts and the content of your journal is a personal decision and, only you know if sharing this with your partner will be the right decision.
Now that you are equipped with the best journaling tips for beginners you are ready to take on the journaling world and discover its power!