Journaling can transform your mental health and is known as one of the best self-improvement tools. An added benefit is that there is no right way to journaling!

Some days, your journalling practice may look like a diary entry, a list, a page full of scribbles, or perhaps even the note page on your phone.

Whether you are a beginner or a journaling pro, if carried out consistently there are some added benefits (that don’t just involve buying new stationary!).

Benefits of Journalling:

  • Improves mental wellbeing
  • Helps you work through challenging times (past and present)
  • Helps you set and achieve goals
  • A safe space to express your emotions

How to start Journalling:

  • Find the right technique for you
  • Let go of judgement (only your eyes need to see what you write)
  • Make time for practice and create a writing routine

There are many techniques of journaling, take time to try out the best one for you. Here are some ideas to get you started:

Journal prompts

If you’re not sure what to write, using prompts can get you started:

  • What 5 things are you grateful for?
  • What is 1 thing you want to let go of?
  • How do you really feel today?

Lists

Perhaps you enjoy ticking off lists. Not only can you make lists of things you need to do, but perhaps make a list of things you want to do! For example:

Today I want to:

  • Do 10 minutes of yoga
  • Go to the cinema and see a new film
  • Go outside on my lunch-break

Morning pages

Set you alarm 5 or 10 minutes earlier, and before you do anything else simply write a couple of pages of anything and everything that comes into your mind! It really doesn’t matter what you write, it’s just a great way to clear your head before the day begins.

Posted by Anna@Kaido

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