One of the most important things a person can do is keep a journal. A journal can help you process your emotions and inspire positive changes in your life. However, there’s more than one way to journal! You can choose from many different types of journals or even make your own unique version that meets your needs perfectly. Here are some tips for how to get started with this journey:
Journaling is a Journey.
Journaling is a journey.
When you first start journaling, you might find it difficult to write anything at all. Regardless of how much or how little you write, the act of writing can bring up emotions that may be hard to deal with. This happens often! It shows that your journaling experience is working as intended: it’s giving you the opportunity to process and reflect on things in your life that are important to you.
Some people find that their journals are more like diaries than anything else—more about recording everyday activities and fun times than about delving into deeper issues. That’s okay too! Your journal should be whatever makes sense for you right now; if an entry includes something from last night’s dinner party or an upcoming trip abroad with friends, but doesn’t mention anything about work stress or relationship issues . . . well then that’s just fine by us!
Journaling is how you define it.
Journaling can be a great tool for getting to know yourself better and working through difficult emotions. It’s also not meant to take the place of therapy or medication, so if you’re suffering from mental health issues like anxiety or depression, journaling should give you an outlet and help you get in touch with your emotions. Plus, there are other benefits that journaling can provide:
- Journaling is a way of exploring your thoughts and feelings without judgment
- You can use it as a record of all the things that happened during your day
- Journaling helps build self-awareness
Your journal can be about anything.
You can write about anything you want. Maybe you want to write about your feelings, thoughts, and experiences. Maybe you want to write about your goals, dreams, and aspirations. Maybe you want to write about your struggles and failures. Maybe you want to write about your successes and accomplishments. Maybe it’s something else entirely! Whatever it is that inspires or interests you; whatever makes the most sense for where you are right now in life: those are the things that should be going into your journal.
The most important thing is just getting started with this habit—so let’s do that together!
Your journal should be easy to write in.
You should be able to write in your journal comfortably. Make sure the size, shape, and binding of your journal are comfortable to use.
Your pen or pencil should also be easy to write with. If you are new to journaling and want an idea of what type of pen or pencil might work well for you, try writing with different types until you find one that suits your style. An example of some journals can be found here to give you an idea of resources you can use.
Draw, color, and otherwise customize your journal.
- Use markers and pens. These are some of the most popular tools for journaling, but they’re also some of the most versatile. If you’re looking for a good pen for your journal, choose one that writes smoothly and has a tip you like (you can always find a pen that works for you!). In addition to writing in your journal with markers or pens, it can also be fun to decorate pages with stickers or doodles.
- Use sketchbooks. Sketchbooks have blank pages in which you can draw any shape, color it however you want, add stickers, and glue on paper scraps—the possibilities are endless! The best part about using sketchbooks is that they don’t require too much commitment: if something doesn’t work out one day or week, just start over on another page without losing anything valuable from previous entries.
- Use colored pencils/crayons/pens/oil pastels/watercolors etcetera… There are so many different ways to express yourself through art in your journal! If drawing doesn’t come easily for you as an artist-beginner then maybe try coloring instead. You will still get all of those benefits mentioned above but now with less skill required – perfect!
The only good journal is one that gets used.
Journaling is a journey. It takes time to get into the habit, and it takes time to find your groove. There are many ways to journal – some people use traditional journals, and others use digital ones like Day One or Evernote. But no matter what format you choose, one thing remains true: The only good journal is one that gets used. In order to do this well, there are a few things you should keep in mind:
- Write regularly (daily or often). If you want your writing practice to be sustainable over time and become an integral part of your life, commit yourself not only on paper but also by sticking with it even when you feel like giving up!
- Use all kinds of media for inspiration – words count too! Don’t limit yourself by thinking that only illustrations or photos can convey feelings/emotions/thoughts etc… Sometimes simple text alone may do just fine!
There are many ways to benefit from keeping a journal
Journaling can help you get in touch with your emotions, understand your thoughts and feelings, and identify patterns in your life. Journaling is also a tool to help you reflect on how you’re doing as a person. Over time, journaling can help you clarify who you are and what matters to you—and it can provide a space for growth as well as self-discovery.
Even if all that sounds like too much work (and trust me: it’s not), there are many other reasons to keep a journal:
You can journal about anything and everything, but the most important thing is to do it. It doesn’t matter if you are writing about your day or if you are just drawing pictures in your journal, as long as you make time for yourself every day and keep your thoughts organized then you will be doing something good!