So what’s all this fuss about Journaling?
Writing daily can help you de-stress by untangling your thoughts, and can help you achieve mindfulness by slowing your thoughts and focusing your attention. Having a space that prompts you to express your feelings each day can help you to untangle your thoughts and get out of a funk all by yourself.
But don’t just take my word for it, there are some wonderful blogs out there dedicated to the craft that help explain the benefits.
Here’s a few of my favourites..
18 Incredible Benefits of Journaling (and how to start). By Cairo based Blogger Dee from Vanilla Papers. Dee has compiled a thorough and thoughtful list of benefits that range from working through traumatic events to boosting your memory and IQ. Dee also has a stunning blog about slow living and the beauty of living a simple life, take a look here.
18 Benefits of Journaling that will change your life by Ellen Eldridge on the Lifehack blog explains a different list of 18 benefits (I’m pretty sure there are more than 18 benefits overall, but it seems that 18 is the golden number when it comes to Journaling benefits). Ellen’s list has a keen focus on mental health benefits.
Lemony Fizz has heaps of articles about Creative Journaling including this one. Creative Journaling is the new buzz that’s kind of like a revamp of the timeless craft of scrapbooking and it’s BOOMING on Pinterest! Like any artistic pursuit, there are a wealth of stress-reducing qualities to creative Journaling.
Charlotte Ahlin has a great Blog post on Bustle called 11 Journaling tips for people who are TERRIBLE at keeping a journal. Charlotte has some excellent ideas to make the act of daily writing achievable for everyone, no matter how busy you are and no matter how many hobbies you have ditched in the past.
And my best tips to get you started…
Don’t force it.
If you’re feeling overwhelmed by life it may be counterproductive for you push yourself to fill pages everyday, especially if your overwhelm is zapping your creative inspiration. Sometimes a simple “I don’t feel like writing today,” or a quick squiggle of an appropriate emoji will help bookmark your intentions while not chaining you to them.
Let it flow.
Sometimes I will approach the page with one intention, but end up going on a tangent and exploring something much more candid and less deliberate. It may take a while to find this flow, but don’t worry, it will come!
Make the time.
I know, how do we find more time?! It’s not an easy ask, but once you figure out how to fit it into your schedule you’ll always forge the space for your writing. Maybe grab your journal before you get out of bed in the morning (this is my fave, because I’m way too tired at bedtime!), or swap your device for a pen and paper if you catch yourself spending more time on the socials than what you want to!
Have you started your journey with journaling? Let me know how you’re going! Get in touch here.