I’ve been keeping a journal since I was probably ten years old. I remember getting an order form from the school’s “Book Fair” (remember those? I always wanted to buy everything they had) and I saw a Harry Potter journal that I just had to have. I brought it home and remember opening to the first page and writing “Dear Diary…”.
When I go back and read those journal entries from my ten year old life, it’s hard not to laugh. I wrote about what I ate for breakfast (toaster strudels were the bomb) and what games I played with my friends (we loved playing house with our American Girl dolls).
I’ve kept up with my journals ever since then. I must have at least 15 journals filled up with my childhood memories. However now, I use journaling more for my thoughts and worries rather than recording what I do every day.
Do you write in a journal? Journaling can be a fantastic way to relieve stress and worries. Writing down what’s bothering you lets you get thoughts off your chest and allows you a chance to reflect over them. I know that whenever I have a worrysome thought, writing about my feelings allows me to relax a little and then whatever I was worrying about before doesn’t seem to bother me as much.
So are you interested in starting a journal? Here are some beginner tips to get you writing.
- If you’re lost for words, try writing in bullet points. Write a couple lines for whatever is on your mind that day. Sometimes it’s easier for us to make lists than breakout in paragraphs about our feelings.
- Shop around for a cute journal that you like and keep it in a spot where you won’t miss it. I keep mine on my nightstand so I can remember to write in it at night before bed. You could keep it on your coffee table or by your computer, wherever you think you’re likely to see it and remember to write in it. Just make sure the Internet or TV doesn’t distract you before you get a chance to write!
- Try to write every one to two days. The more you write, the more you can get your worries down on paper and de-clutter your mind.
- Some people like journaling on a computer or tablet, but I like the physical act of writing with pen on paper. Physical notebooks are better than computers for journaling, as you tend to forget about computer programs or get distracted by the internet. I remember I downloaded a journaling app once, and used it for a day, then forgot about it. It just feels better to physically write things down.
Here’s some journal inspiration from Target to get you started!
I highly recommend keeping a journal. It takes minutes a day, and getting your thoughts down on paper can help relieve stress and anxiety. It’s fun to look back at what was worrying you a couple months ago, because those small things you were worrying about aren’t likely relevant now!
Do you journal?