This is not a guide to journaling, but a few tips on how to make it fun and how you can use it as an aid to your wellness. Journaling works because it helps to remove yourself from situations and view them objectively.
1. Give Thanks
In all things, give thanks. Practicing gratitude is an act of self care. Being thankful shifts your mindset from one of scarcity to one of abundance.
- Write lists of everything that you’re thankful for in your journal. It’s a simple yet powerful way to ease your mind and lift your spirits.
2. Make it unique to you
- It helps if you are witty
People love people who don't take themselves too seriously. After battling the day and finding out what you're really made of, it's nice to reflect in a light-hearted way. Write in a conversational tone to make things realistic.
3. Use your journal to explore your feelings
We all have off moments, or in some cases, off days. So many things that have happened to us stay with us for a long time. It is important not to internalize these negative, heavy feelings. What better way to observe than to put it all out before you and examine. This is the time for you to be yourself. You're free of judgment.
- Ask yourself questions like, "how do I feel?" and let it flow from there
4. Clear your mind
We're not talking about the time Spongebob tossed out file cabinets of material in his mind.
We're talking about quieting the noise! Write down your to do lists and ideas running though your head and just shelf all that overthinking. Silence is beautiful.
- do a brain dump – open your journal to a blank page and let loose; write down everything that is on your mind until there is nothing left. Your thoughts/worries/to-do list are safe and sound, so I can just relax, let go, and enjoy the moment.
5. Don't forget your dreams!
“What would you do if you weren’t afraid?” Write about things you want to accomplish. No, it's not pointless! With time, manifesting your dreams will help you to grow the confidence you need to accomplish your goals!
Grab a journal!