Why I Journal
In the video above I am breaking down my journaling/goal notebook and my daily journaling routine! I have tried to incorporate journaling into my routine on and off over the last few years. Last year, in 2020, it became a non negotiable habit. It provides clarity on my feelings, distinguishes thought patterns, addresses what is worth bringing up in therapy, and what may be worth letting go of!
A common thread I have noticed from conversations I’ve had with friends is that you never regret taking the time to journal but there’s also a lot of resistance to just picking up a pen and starting. I’ve heard things like “what do I
write about” or whats the point I have all the thoughts in my head”. Journaling may not be for you but I think it’s worth giving a try if you are struggling with feeling grounded and clear.
- Free write/Prompt
- Things I am grateful for (3)
- People I send love to (3)
- Goals/Dreams (3)
- Today I want to feel ______
In the back of my notebook I create a “vision board”. This sections is full of printed out photos and cut outs from magazines that represent people, places, things, and Ideas that I want to work towards. I have quotes on there, travel photos, home inspo, and pictures that elicit feelings of hope and happiness. It’s nice to have the photos in a place I can easily reference and look over before or after I journal.
- What is one thing I can check off my to-do list today, that would feel really good?
- What do I need to let go of to feel peace?
- I am proud of myself because…
- Am I feeling any feelings that are uncomfortable to admit?
- Simple things that I can lean into daily that bring me joy are…
I hope this blog post and the video above inspires you to incorporate journaling into your routine and create a framework of your own! Check out my Wellness Reading List freebie if incorporating daily reading is more your thing!