Creating A Daily Journaling Practice

“I write because I don’t know what I think, until I read what I say.” Flannery O’Connor

When you think of writing in a journal, do you think of old-fashioned “Dear Diary” entries, where you record boring details of your daily life?
We’ll, it’s not about that. For some people, journaling can be life-changing.

Here are a few reasons you should consider it:

1. Journaling creates mindfulness. Writing for 15-20 minutes each day can be like meditation for many people.

2. Journaling helps us to gain perspective. Writing about ideas we have or emotions we’re feeling really helps us take a step back and see them as part of the bigger picture. Journaling helps us reflect on our lives and experiences that we have to gain insight, perspective, and grow.

3. Journaling can help connect you with your “inner self.” When you journal on a consistent basis, many people notice how much more connected they feel… not only to themselves, but to the world around them.

4. Journaling can help build self-discipline and, as a result, your self-confidence. Staying consistent by writing daily is not only training you to keep your word, but also every small achievement is fuel to accomplishing others.

5. Sometimes you just need to GET IT OUT! Writing can be a great way to do this!

6. When you’re a little older, it brings back great memories for you to skim through your old journals and see the younger version of yourself and how far you’ve come.

TIP: Sometimes people will sit down and have no idea what to write about. Start by keeping it simple and light if you want to. No reason to share your whole life story all at once.  Writing for 5 minutes a day is a great place to start.

One place I really like to start is talking about what I’m grateful for that day. This really helps to start off with a positive perspective. Also- I’m a big fan of putting pen to paper- but if you’re not, there are a few great apps out there to check out.

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