Starting a daily journaling habit is something I recommend to all my readers and clients. The benefits of journaling each day are massive, especially when you consider you only need a few minutes to jot down your thoughts! However many people drop their habit in the first few days or weeks because of expectations of what journaling should be or the fear of know how to start writing!
Has Journaling always been easy for me? Heck no…
When I was a teenager I used to keep a diary where I would mostly write how much I loovveddd my lastest beau. But I’ve come a long way since I was 15 and so has my journaling experience.
These days I write to discover more about myself, my subconscious and unpick exactly why I do the things I do, or desire certain things in my life. I started journaling again on and off in the last year, dipping my toe in and out when the mood struck me.
I find I journal more when things are difficult or I have a problem I need to solve, but as well as that journaling helps me get crystal clear on my goals. It allows me to visualise my future successes and influence their achievement.
I’m no longer fumbling around in the dark, wondering why I reacted harshly to my kids for dropping crumbs or questioning if my big money goals are acheiveable.
Journaling gives me the confidence to go for the big things in life while remaining grounded and true to myself.
And it’s really not as difficult as you’ve made yourself believe it is. I fit it into my morning routine where I write down my daily gratitude, intention and answer a journal prompt.
There are so many easy ways to start journaling but really all it takes is a pen, paper and a commitment to write something each day. As with anything, your journaling experience will improve over time.
Awesome Wellbeing Benefits of Journaling
So let’s look at some of the benefits of journaling and just why you have to start practicing it daily!
- Health Benefits: Improves immune function, keeps your memory sharp, boosts mood and strengthens emotional functions. Check out the full article here.
- Aids Improved Mental Health Manage anxiety, reduce stress and cope with depression by helping your prioritise problems, fears and concerns, track day to day symptoms and identify triggers as well as provide an opportunity for positive self-talk. Read the full article here.
- Improve your productivity What you write, you learn, you control (in a manner of speaking) and are more likely to achieve. Read the full article here.
- Grows your talents Improves your writing and creativity while also organising your thoughts. Read the full article here.
- Self Care: Journaling as covers different areas of self care, meaning even if its the only thing you do for yourself all day, you’re ticking that self care checkbox!
The benefits of journaling extend beyond just getting your thoughts on paper. Journaling can allow desires you didn’t even know you had to surface, help you to discover more about who you are or practice gratitude in depth.
Journaling acts as an outlet for stress, frustration and a tool for massive self exploration and discovery.
However it can often be difficult for a beginner in journaling to know what to write or how to start a journaling practice. But as always, I’ve got your back and found 7 brilliant bloggers on the interweb who know a thing or two about journaling!
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the artisan life
Natasha knows it’s never too early to talk to your children about gratitude! Her fun kid’s gratitude journal and activity book makes starting a gratitude practice simple and provides great benefits of journaling to kids too!
Holly understands that you want to be more grateful in life. She explains how keeping a gratitude journal (even with a bullet journal) is a great way to practice this on a daily basis. How to begin, what to write and all the benefits of journaling for gratitude can bring to your life!
Plus check out her 50 journal prompts to delve into self discovery and help you to start living your best life here.
the curious frugal
You’ve heard the benefits of journaling for self discovery and gratitude, but have you every considered how journaling can help you take better care of your money? Suchot provides easy, fun ideas to get your money organized and track your finances in your bullet journal!
healthy, happy, impactful
Going beyond gratitude, Jennifer discusses the different types and many marvelous benefits of journaling. She also gives some unique ideas for the type of journaling that may work for you.
Abena focuses on benefits of journaling for first time moms in a time that can be overwhelming, confusing and brand new. She’s also put together 63 Journal prompts designed specially for first time moms!
the inspiration edit
Dannica has really pulled out the stops with these fabulous journal writing tips. If you want to feel the benefits of journaling and learn how to get started journaling, you won’t go wrong checking out her post.
Diane understands that sometimes we forget what makes us happy. Which is why she created this fun journal activity that will help you remember all those things that brings a smile to your face and embrace the benefits of journaling fully.
Whatever way you decide to journal, whether it be in a traditional diary or pretty notepad, a bullet journal, as a creative outlet or to organise your dreams & expenses, the benefits of journaling can’t be denied. I love it for self care, personal growth and for really connecting with myself. Just remember, there is no wrong way to journal!
Let me know in the comments if you journal already or if you’re about to start!