Journaling has become one of the most common ways for people to reduce stress and anxiety. This popular practice encourages you to write down your thoughts and feelings on paper to help get a better understanding of what is on your mind. By doing so, you will learn what causes you stress, what makes you happy and just gain a better overall sense of yourself.
Here are some of ways you can begin to incorporate journaling into your life:
Have A Designated Notebook
Using a notebook that is only for journaling will help create association with the practice. If you journal in numerous notebooks, it will not only make it difficult to create the habit, but it will be hard to see growth and patterns in your thoughts. Keep this book separate from your daily to-dos and lists, make it strictly for your thoughts.
Choose A Time
Having a set ‘journal time’ can help solidify the habit even further. Many people like to begin their day with jotting down what is on their minds and any items that need to be accomplished, while others enjoy writing before bed to reflect on their day. The best time to journal is when it fits in your schedule, choose a time during the day that works with you and try your best to stick with it.
Make It A Ritual
Sitting down and writing can be difficult for many, try making a ritual during this time to turn it into an activity you enjoy; if you enjoy it you are more likely to do it. Some ideas are:
- Make a cup of tea while you sit down and journal.
- Try aromatherapy with a diffuser when you are writing to help relax.
- Practicing deep breathing exercises before you begin to help you get into the proper headspace.
These simple tricks can help make a boring task into a self-care ritual.
It can be challenging to write from scratch, using journal prompts can help you get your thoughts out of your head and reflect on your day. Prompts allow you to review your day in a new lens, by using questions you are able to recap the day in a different way. Some of our go-to journal prompts are:
- What went well today?
- What will I do differently tomorrow?
- What am I thankful for?
- What is something I would like to accomplish this week?
- What am I looking forward to?
Journaling is a great way to practice self-care that doesn’t take much time or equipment. Try it out tonight, and see how you feel.