We’ve all read those social media captions about the benefits of journaling and heard people share about how writing in a journal has transformed their lives, but how do you actually curate a passion for pouring your deepest thoughts onto paper?
Research shows that journaling can help you de-stress, measure your goals, and process your feelings.
It’s an opportunity to work through your inner thoughts in private and intimate settings with just yourself.
But how do you get started?
Finding the right tools
Paper and Pen(cil)
There’s something incredibly aggravating about writing in a journal and getting distracted by pen smudges, too wide or narrow margins, and paper that bleeds through.
If you’re interested in developing a journaling habit, I recommend finding a notebook and pen that accommodates your writing style. You can turn to electronic options too, but I love the feeling of putting ink to paper.
If you prefer to erase than cross out, feel free to opt-in for a pencil. This is your journal, and you’re allowed to make the rules, so anything goes!
Once you have your writing utensils lined up, be open to what other tools may benefit your new practice.
Consider adding crystals to your routine (check out my shop for the best crystals for writers’ block or these 7 crystals for poets). Crystals can be a great way to set your intention and get rid of negative energy.
You may find that adding crystals enables you to better focus on the task and provokes a new excitement to journal that you may not have experienced before.
Put your phone aside.
Put it on do not disturb or in another room.
This is time for you—and your phone isn’t going to be a helpful tool during this time.
You want to be able to fully focus on the pen in your hand and the paper in front of you.
If you are planning on journaling electronically, I still recommend putting your phone on do not disturb and doing your best to minimize potential distractions.
Setting the mood
Now that you have the best tools, it’s time to create an environment that helps you focus and home in on your journal.
You may find it helpful to sit at a desk, cozy up in your favorite chair, or lounge in your bed—no matter where you end up, I want you to be comfortable.
Whether you’re going to spend five minutes journaling, or a couple of hours, it will be a more enjoyable experience if you’re comfortable.
If you find music helps you focus, you may find it helpful to add some tunes in the background. (I like this one!).
Alright, you have your tools, you’re set up in your location; now what?
It’s time to start actually writing.
It’s time to put pen to paper and let the words flow.
If you’re drawing a complete blank, you may find it helpful to start writing about how you’re feeling, what your goals are, or what your day has looked like.
Since there are no rules, you have complete freedom. You can stop mid-thought, you can cross out lines, you can ramble, and you can make spelling mistakes.
REMINDER: This journal is for your eyes only unless you choose to share your words with someone. You do not have to worry about anyone judging what you write.
How to stick to the habit
Start by committing to journaling x times a week.
Try to stretch yourself.
Set a reminder on your phone to schedule when you will complete the task, and then hold yourself accountable.
Before you know it, you’ll find yourself turning to your notebook because you’ll notice the benefits of journaling for self-care.
Journaling can help you clear your mind, de-stress, track your goals, and transform your mindset. Now, what are you waiting for? It’s time to give it a try!
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