The amazing thing about journaling is that while it’s a powerful way to boost mental and even physical health, it’s a pretty simple activity. Even if you don’t have a clue to how to start and keep a journal, you’ll be happy to know that there aren’t any hard and fast rules to follow. Here are some easy ways to start your first journal.
To Start and Keep a Journal, Choose One You Love
The actual notebook makes a much larger impact on journaling than you might think. While you can definitely write in anything you have, if you are having trouble motivating yourself to write, then it might be because you aren’t inspired by the journal itself. Try to find something that works perfectly for you, whether because it has a pretty cover, includes lines inside, or is hardcover so it is easier to open and write in. Take your time finding a type of journal you love.
Figure Out What Type of Journal to Keep
There is a long list of journals you can write, from a daily journal where you write about anything and everything, to a journal you write in for gratitude, to reduce stress, to figure out your anxiety triggers, or a bullet journal that encompasses everything in your life. When you figure out what type of journal you want to have, you will find that you use it much more often.
Start with Journaling Prompts
This is a great way to start writing in a journal if you are new to the practice. A prompt can be anything from asking you a question you need to answer, to a topic suggestion for today’s journal entry. Here are some examples:
– Why have you decided to write in a journal?
– What is something good that happened today?
– What is your biggest regret, and what can you do to recover from it?
– If you could do anything for a career, what would it be?
Find Your Main Reason to Journal
This is where you have motivation or inspiration for journaling. Everyone has a different reason to write in a journal, and you need to figure out what yours is. This not only helps you write in it regularly, but it helps you get the most out of it. If you have a mental health disorder like depression or anxiety, that is likely going to be your motivation, so you know to write down your thoughts, feelings, and fears in the journal. Someone else might be motivated by reducing stress, figuring out triggers, or writing down what they are grateful for.
What You Need to Journal
Journaling is the simple practice of writing down your thoughts, feelings, goals, and emotions into a notebook or journal. There are a wide range of benefits, from helping with stress and anxiety, to organizing your life and helping with physical health. To get started, you need a few supplies.
For starters, you need to find a journal that works for you. There is no reason you need a fancy, expensive journal, unless you feel that would motivate you to write in it often. This will come down to your budget and your personal needs. If you are starting a bullet journal, you need a larger notebook with no lines on the pages. Even a sketchbook works great for bullet journals. On the other hand, if you want it to fit in your purse, you obviously want a smaller notebook. Look around and take your time when choosing the right journal.
Find Writing Utensils
Once you have your journal, you then need to choose what to write with. This is another area where using something you love to write with makes all the difference. This can be a ballpoint pen, marker, pencil, or anything else. Try some different writing utensils until you are happy with your choice and know you will love writing with it.
Don’t Forget the Extras
Some people like to turn pages of their journal into artwork with sketches, or organize pages with things like stickers and stencils. Go for it! Head to the craft store and stock up on anything you want to embellish the journaling pages with.
Know What to Write About
Once you have all the supplies for journaling, you will then decide on the type of journal and what you want to write about. Remember this is your journal, so you don’t have to do what others are doing. The point is that it is something that helps your life, mental health, stress, and any other reason you want to journal. Once you find what you want to write about, it becomes part of your routine and you don’t even think twice about it. In fact, don’t be surprised if you are suddenly looking forward t the daily journaling routine.
If you want to start a journal today, don’t stress about spending money. Find blank pieces of paper or a simple notebook and write in it, then get a new journal when you are able to.
5 Ways to Write in Your Journal Daily
When you decide to try journaling, whether to give you a way to de-stress and get out your thoughts and feelings, or because you are looking for more clarity, writing in it daily is recommended. If you are struggling remembering to write in it every day, these tips can help
1. Bring the Journal Everywhere with You
A really simple way to write in your journal each day is to have it with you. While many people will write in it at home in the morning or evening, you might want to write in your journal at work or school. Perhaps you are on the train or sitting in a coffee shop and want to jot some things down. This is when it is a good idea to have a journal with you.
2. Make Journaling Part of Your Morning Routine
If you need a simple way to remember to journal every day, turn it into a daily routine. Many people choose to have a morning routine where they enjoy a coffee or tea in the morning while sitting at the table and writing in the journal. However, it can be any time of the day. Just make it a daily routine where you do it around the same time each day, and you will find yourself looking forward to those few minutes of quiet time.
3. Journal About Something You Do Daily
This is good for people who want to journal, but aren’t sure what to write about. If this sounds like you, then try journaling about something you do every day. Perhaps your journal can include what you eat each day and your workouts if you are trying to lose weight, or you journal about tasks you do each day for a work or money goal.
4. Use Your Journal for Recording Triggers
If you suffer from mental or physical health issues, you might have triggers that are leading to your symptoms. This can be figuring out what foods are causing digestion or
stomach pain problems, or anxiety triggers leading to panic attacks. This is another good prompt that lets you know what to journal about every day.
5. Talk About Something Good and Bad of Each Day
Here is another easy prompt that gets you writing in your journal every day and record at least one good thing and one bad thing. Writing about something bad isn’t a reason to complain, but instead to come up with a resolution. Write about a mistake you made, then write what you could have done differently. When writing about something good, it is a chance for you to show gratitude.