Writing out your thoughts and feelings, especially during times of uncertainty, can be tremendously beneficial for your mental health. Journaling has been proven to lower anxiety, increase mindfulness, improve memory, and stimulate creativity. It has even been shown to boost your immune system.
Starting any type of practice can feel intimidating, so we’re here to help you carve out a safe space to get vulnerable and write your heart out.
1. Determine what journaling method works best for you.
One of the great things about journaling is that there is no right or wrong way to do it. Whether you gravitate to a romantic, leather-bound notebook or prefer typing away on your laptop, how to best record your most intimate thoughts is a highly personal decision.
2. Create time and space for your new practice.
A great way to establish a journaling routine is to carve out a dedicated space and time for your practice. Experiment and see if you prefer to write daily, weekly, or whenever something is on your mind.
3. Time to write it all out.
Some people find it cathartic to write letters to others without the intention of actually sending them to the imagined recipient. It can be incredibly therapeutic to express your feelings to someone who has hurt you, someone who has inspired you, or even writing a letter to your younger self.
4. Consider using a prompt.
If you’re in need of inspiration, journal prompts can help to ignite your imagination and open your mind. Here are a few journal prompt suggestions:
How am I feeling today?
What did I learn yesterday?
What am I grateful for?
What are the words I need to hear today?
What is the greatest gift I ever received?
When do I feel most connected to other people?
Write about one of your happiest memories.
Write about a risk you’ve taken.
- Write about a recent challenge that you faced.
As you build upon your practice, revisiting journal entries from days and weeks back can be helpful in gaining perspective. It may take some time to find your groove. Try out different styles of journaling and see what feels best for you. The more you write, the easier it will become. Happy journaling!
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