Journaling is a habit, not a hobby. Journaling is also a check-in tool where you check-in with yourself, sharing and letting out whatever that you have been feeling.
Journaling does not have to be the first thing in the morning. It can happen during any time of the day. For some people, their mind is fresh in the morning and they can ‘think better’. However, others might need their breakfast first before functioning in the morning. Some may prefer journaling at night where there is more peace. It really depends on individuals.
Journaling is like whispering to one’s self and listening at the same time.” – Mina Murray, Dracula
Start small. You don’t have to immediately start by writing a few pages to be considered as ‘Journaling’. It can be just writing a short note to yourself about how your day have been or just writing on the things you love. It does not have to be in sentences. If you prefer to draw, go ahead. If you prefer doing mind maps, go ahead. Nothing is right or wrong. It is YOUR JOURNAL.
On some days, you may not know what to write on. You will experience ‘writer’s block’ where you want to write but you have no idea what you should be writing. One way you can start is by writing on what you’re thankful for in your life. Write on what are the things that you’re grateful for. Describe your emotions in details. Let yourself indulge in the feel and mood of gratitude. Writing on gratitude boost the positivity and lifts your spirit especially when you’re feeling tired or doubtful. Your thoughts will be flowing again.
As there are a thousand thoughts lying within a man that he does not know till he takes up the pen to write.
– William Makepeace Thackeray
Don’t only stay in a spot. Journaling requires you to have your ‘self-time’. The environment plays a part in getting your senses going and inspire thoughts. Change your surroundings if it is affecting your thoughts when Journaling.
Make your Journal personal. Call it your best friend, who listens to you about everything and anything. Your Journal is YOURS and you shouldn’t be hiding or keeping anything from it. You should be comfortable with your Journal. You should be able to pour your heart out to YOUR Journal and express yourself. If you’re feeling anxious or overwhelmed, pour your frustration out. After some days, read it back and you’ll realise that some things are rarely worth stressing over.
Write what disturbs you, what you fear, what you have not been willing to speak about. Be willing to be split open.
– Natalie Goldberg