I want to talk about how much I enjoy journaling and what’s so great about it in this post. Journaling has helped and still helps me get through some rough times and is one of the easiest ways of practicing self-care. Before I continue, let’s talk about what journaling actually is.
What is journaling?
Journaling is simply the act of writing down your thoughts and feelings. It can help you understand what is going on inside your head better, and it can help you express feelings you don’t completely understand.
For as long as I know myself, I know that I could better express my feelings and thoughts when I wrote them down. But the older I got, I did it less, and I didn’t realize that I kind of needed this way of expressing myself.
But when I was going through a bit of a rough patch, someone told me to pick up journaling. That’s when I realized how much I loved writing down my thoughts and feelings, how it helped me, and that needed to pick it up again.
That’s also one of the reasons why I love blogging and writing stories. Writing is an excellent way of expressing my creativity and a way to help others at the same time.
The benefits of journaling
Before I continue, I’d like to get into the benefits of journaling. Why is it such a great thing?
- Journaling can help reduce stress.
- It can help manage anxiety.
- It can help you to cope with depression.
- Keeping a journal can help you with regular positive self-talk.
- Understand your thoughts and feelings.
- It can also help with self-discovery and to get to know yourself better.
- It can help you to boost your mood and take care of your mental health.
These are three things I love about journaling
It is my private place to discuss my thoughts without judgment
What I love the most about journaling is that it helps me express feelings and thoughts that I maybe don’t understand at first.
It helps me make sense of what is going on in my mind, and it is a way of expressing everything without the fear of being judged or misunderstood.
I don’t need to think twice about everything I say to prevent hurting someone’s feelings. Journaling is my private place, where I can let everything out.
I can do it how I want, no rules to what’s right or wrong
Journaling is a no-rules zone where expressing can have many forms. If I feel like drawing, writing a poem, or just do a brain dump where I write whatever is in my mind.
I can journal wherever I want, on my phone, in a journal, or a piece of paper that I throw away afterward. There is no right or wrong way, and it allows me to bring out my creativity.
It helps me to relax
Keeping a journal truly helps me to relax. There are many times that I feel angry or anxious, and all these thoughts and feelings just build up.
When I’m journaling, I can unwind all the tension and negative feelings and really feel much lighter and more relaxed.
Expressing my thoughts and feelings has such a great impact on my mental health, and if I don’t feel like doing that with someone, my journal is right there, and I can just grab it and start writing right away.
How to start journaling
Maybe you are thinking of starting with journaling but wondering how and where to start. Well, as I mentioned earlier, journaling is so easy, and you can start right now!
There are so many ways of keeping a journal; just find out which one suits you best.
Here are some tips to help you start:
- Write whenever you feel like it and whatever you feel like.
- You don’t have to journal every day, having a daily journal is great, but if you are just starting and don’t have the time or feel like writing every day, don’t pressure yourself into doing so. It needs to be your thing on your terms.
- Try different ways of journaling to see what suits you best. You can draw, write poems, brain dump, make mood trackers, use journal prompts, or try guided journaling by using journals like gratitude journals, self-discovery journals, etc. You can also simply do a combination.
- Whatever you do, make sure you do it for you out of love, respect for yourself, and that you enjoy doing it.
To help you start your journaling journey, I have this great free printable journal for you.
You can print the cover and the two other pages as many times as you like and start writing in your journal. Go ahead and grab it right now.
I hope you enjoyed this blog and that is was of value to you. If you’d like to share why you love journaling, have any tips, or if you have any questions, feel free to leave a comment.
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