5 Tips to Make Journaling a Part of Your Routine
Journaling is a useful exercise to improve mental wellness. Here's how you can do it
This is the best time to start journaling if it’s not part of your routine already. There are many benefits of maintaining a daily journal or diary, in which you can record your thoughts, experiences, goals, memories, etc. It allows you to keep track of your goals, record ideas before you forget them, helps you self-reflect and manage stress, boosts creativity, mindfulness and memory, improves your writing skills and so on. In order to make journaling a part of your daily routine, follow these tips:
Buy a journal - While you may usually prefer to write on a laptop, it is recommended that you actually buy a pretty blank journal and use it to record your personal thoughts. It will give you time away from the screen and the act of writing with your hand is known to reduce stress.
Set a time: Schedule a time during which you can sit down, relax and write without any distractions. Ideally, you should do this in the morning although you can choose any time of the day which suits you.
Create a space: While you can journal even in bed, it is a good idea to have a dedicated space, perhaps a writing desk in the corner, where you can sit comfortably and focus.
Be creative: You don’t need to restrict yourself to writing. You can draw, paint, doodle and stick photos, tickets, stamps, etc. in your journal in order to express your emotions and celebrate good memories.
Keep it with you all the time: If your journal is small enough to fit in your bag, try to keep it with you wherever you go so that you can write in it during the day when you are feeling anxious or just want to note down an idea before you forget it.
There are long-term benefits of journaling, especially for your emotional health. People who journal regularly are more connected to their emotions, needs and desires. It helps them deal with adversity and change, while boosting their self-confidence and giving them a strong sense of identity.