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Learning How to Daily Journal

Learning How to Daily Journal

Learning how to daily journal had one of the biggest impacts on my life especially on my Mental health. One thing that everyone about me knows is how open I am with discussing my mental health struggles. Like most people, I struggle with anxiety; making some days a lot easier than others. I’ve missed events, lost sleep, and even shut the world off because of it. An for all those mental health doubters sure anxiety can pass…but often even when it “passes” it comes back to haunt you until you face it. Or even at the very least express how you feel, how it affects you, what caused it, and everything else involved. 

 

Daily journaling is a lot more than just a diary; it’s creating a healthy habit. It’s about sharing your emotions, actions, secrets, hopes, and dreams. It’s a safe place to express everything even the things you are too afraid to say out loud. So what do you do how does one start learning how to daily journaling? Well don’t worry; I got some tips and advice to help you out. 

Why should your journal? 

  • Helps realize emotions
  • Helps display goals/dreams
  • Gives you personal space to freely express yourself without being judged
  • Allows you to organize and sort through your thoughts
  • Provide clarity for situations/feelings that you are feeling and struggling with
  • Judgment free zone
  • Daily Journal – is a learning experience for you to learn about you

Tip #1: 

  • Get a clean fresh Notebook 
    • Whatever type of notebook you are comfortable with. Can be moleskin, spiral bond, marble notebook, leather, or even just a notebook you found because the cover was pretty. 
    • All that matters is that it is a fresh clean notebook unused before, and going forward only used for journaling 

 

When it comes to Journaling there is no right or wrong way to do it. The only way to do it is to start! And you don’t have to stick with just one way as you go on. 

 

Forms of Journaling: 

  • Free Write
    • Write down whatever comes to mind. Could be the most random stream of consciousness. Nothing has to connect you can talk about cats one minute and then corn the next. Nothing is off-limits and you don’t have to explain yourself to anyone. 
  • Emotion writing 
    • I may have made this term up but I call it emotion writing because all you do is strictly talk about your feelings. Can be talking about a relationship or how someone’s actions affected your feelings. I use this a lot when I’m confused about my own emotions and not sure how o express them I find writing them out helps give things a bit more clarity. 
    • I also use this as a form to talk about something bad/hurtful that happened to me and then me trying to find the positive in it or the silver lining. 
  • Dream Writing 
    • This taking about your hopes and dreams. This could be for the day, the month, the year, or even the next five years. All you have to do is know what your dream is to talk about it. Could be the why, the how, or whatever 
  • Diary Style 
    • Just because I said a daily journal is different than a diary doesn’t mean you can’t write like it is a diary. You can share your secrets; they will be hidden in the pages of your journal. 
  • Bullet Journal
    • Instead of complete thoughts just create bullet points of your thoughts. I use bullet points a lot especially when I’m trying t figure out what caused me to be anxious or even review what I am grateful for 

 

 Tip #2:

  • You don’t have to stick to one specific form of journaling. You can create a combination of all each day or change it up every day. 
    • As someone who does journal daily, I change it up every single day. Alo of the time it depends on when I journal as well (morning vs. Night) 

 

As I have said many times daily journal involves learning. Not in the skillset; but learning about yourself. When starting a journal I always recommend focusing on how you are feeling that day, at that moment, and how you want to express yourself. Think of this as being able to gossip with your best friend, no judgment, no doubts, no one interrupting you, and no worries that they will share what you told them. Take your time; if this is telling yourself you have to journal for 15 minutes a day or saying you need to write till you fill three pages whatever it may be. The most important thing is to allow yourself to let go and just write what is on your mind. Heck, you can even use it to draw or doodle if that helps express you best. It’s your journal!

 

Tip #3

  • It is okay to Journal multiple times a day. 
    • I find when I journal multiple times a day it’s because during the day or near the end of the day I find myself overthinking about something and increasing anxiety.

 

Learning how to daily journal isn’t always the easiest thing in the world to do. It is more of developing a routine as opposed to learning.  I say that because often we can see it as a minute task that when our day gets really busy, or we wake up late, or want to go to bed early the first thing we let go of is writing down our feelings of the day. We consider just thinking about our thoughts enough to deal with it but rarely do we ask ourselves the tough questions or really sort through our emotions. But it all circles back to us having to take time for ourselves. You deserve at least fifteen minutes of your own undivided attention to express your feelings and emotions. Still not convinced? head over to “Help Yourself First Honey” to read about it a little bit more.

 

“As a writer you try to listen to what others aren’t saying…your write about the silence.”-N.R. Hart

 

Taking the time to learn how to daily journal is going to be beneficial to you in the long wrong. I promise you. I recommend you try it give it a week; try the various different forms of journaling (there are a ton more I am sure of it). Going to therapy every single day is a lot and also very expensive. Taking some time to dissect it all on your own can give you back your power as well as help you prepare for the future.

 

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