Journaling is like WHISPERING
to one's self and LISTENING
at the same time
-Mina Murray, Dracula
Okay, we hear the benefits all the time but why journal? Don't worry, we've got you covered. Journaling helps to get all of the repetitive thoughts that loop in our brain, out onto paper. This practice helps to reduce stress and anxiety, increase relaxation and is a great practice for showing gratitude.
Journaling can help to control emotions and improve mental health along with increasing the body's ability to heal. PLEASE, don't overthink this. Remember, no matter what you write, good or bad, the journal won't judge.
Styles of Journaling:
The 5 Minute Journal - Just 5 short minutes, this journal guides you through a few questions a day, from topics like what your intentions are to what you're grateful for that morning. At the end of the day, you will reflect on the outcome of the day and write it down. This journal allows you to focus on alllllll the good in your life.
List Journaling - There are many ways to list journal. List journaling takes less commitment in that you can forego a full sentence and just do bullet points, dashes or random scribbles of words. Try Listography which lets you set your own pace. The 52 Lists Project challenges you to one challenge a week over the year. A sample question here is something along the lines of "list the ways you can cleanse your life this winter".
Morning Pages - Julia Cameron is an incredible author who wrote the best-selling book "The Artist's Way". In this book, she encourages morning pages. How this works is, each day, you date the page of a journal and write 3 FULL pages. Please mark the front of your journal as personal and confidential"- this is for your eyes only! Then, you write a complete brain-dump. Song lyrics, lists, describe your day; anything that pops into your brain, you write down. Even if you have to say "I don't know what to write," over and over again, you must fill three pages. It also requires that you don't revisit the pages for at least 12 months.
Vision and Goal Journaling - Try keeping a regular journal along with their goals and visions. This one is specifically for the purposes of writing down things for the future like bucket lists, places to visit, entries to your future self. It could also be a place where you write what you want your life to look like in a year from now.
Classic Journaling - Writing without guidelines. A page today, 8 tomorrow, just writing about your daily happenings or whatever is on your mind. This type of journaling can be for whatever you need it to be. Classic journaling has been proven to be the most healing because it gives you space to process, grieve, organize, and reflect.
How to Write in a Journal:
Find the right space
Buy a physical journal or invest in a journaling app
Close your eyes + reflect on the day
Ask yourself questions!
Dive in and start writing
Benefits of Journaling
Helps relieve stress, depression, & anxiety
Helps control emotions & improve mental health
Boosts memory & comprehension
Strengthens self discipline
Improves communication skills
Healing to the mind
Grab that pen and paper and start writing!