Journaling is an incredibly useful tool--both personally and professionally. If you ever just feel frustrated with how life is going at the moment, or you're looking for a way to keep up your creative writing habits, journaling may just be the hobby for you! Today, I'm sharing 7 tips for journaling at your best.
Some people prefer to journal daily, others weekly, monthly or yearly. Me? I journal whenever I feel compelled to--most likely once or twice a month when I'm really working hard to balance my thoughts and get my priorities in order. Or, just when something monumentally impactful occurs in my life.
I've been able to pick up tips along the way--things that helped for me, as well as tips generated by other online journalists.
WRITE WHAT YOU'RE GRATEFUL FOR.
There's endless research in the field of positive psychology about gratitude and expressing thoughts of gratefulness to those who have touched your life. If you're looking for an instant happiness boost, talking about what you're grateful for can help you move forward and can bring you immense joy.
DAYDREAM ABOUT SOMEDAY.
Use this journaling time to discuss the future with yourself. Go over why you think you ended up where you're at today and what you can do to ensure that you stay in the same positive place (or what steps you're going to take to get yourself out of your rut). Similar to vision boards, having a strong sense of the future will help in the long run.
I'm a firm believer that journaling is a very "stream of consciousness" activity and you shouldn't filter or edit yourself down once you've gotten it all on the page. A journal or diary entry is meant to be just that--personal, spontaneous and imperfect.
JOT IT DOWN.
Anything that's bothering you, something you need to pick up at the grocery store, a message you need to deliver to someone are all things you can jot down in an instant for later reflection. This is technically a mode of journaling and will greatly contribute to your daily organization.
WRITE IN THIRD PERSON.
I especially like this tip from Tiny Buddha. If something rough is happening to you, try detaching from the situation and journaling about it free-form in third person, allowing yourself to assess the situation with an unbiased, perhaps even omniscient point of view.
GO FOR PROMPTS.
Free write journaling is the best kind of journaling. I really enjoy writing after prompts and can't get enough of the blog/journal topic ideas I find online. Try these 99 ideas if you find yourself running dry.
IT'S FREE THERAPY. USE IT AS SUCH.
Journaling is so much a mode of free therapy. It's therapeutic in that no one ever has to see it and you can share your entire feelings with the paper, filling up your deepest doubts and fears and releasing them into the greater universe for healing and wisdom. Without saying anything, your mental health can be improved greatly.
Do you journal? If so, how often?