Journaling is the first tool towards mental health. If you see from a simple perspective that journaling is penning down your thoughts. But, it’s more than this simple perspective. In a day, our mind comes across zillions of thoughts. Some thoughts make us feel sad, some make us hopeful; some lead us to our memories and so on.
There is a science behind this technique. As it helps you to clarify your thoughts and accept yourself who you are. Many psychologists asked to do if one is in emotional turmoil.
Here, I’m telling you about my experience and what needs to do when you start journaling or resume your journaling after a long time. Remember we need to enjoy the process, it’s not one day, one week or one month. It can be a part of your life if you want it.
Here are some simple tips before you start journal your thoughts.
#1 Choose your place
It is imperative to choose your comfortable place, where you feel relaxed or either alone in your home. Naturally, the place where you think your vibes to write your thoughts. Majority times, you need a place where you can sit alone and just start writing it down. If you choose a place at the earliest stage, your mind gets a habit of doing this technique at your perfect area in your home.
#2 Choose your time
Selecting a time is the most structured way of doing journaling. Here, it doesn’t refer to a specific hour in a day, but it relates to the period. Either it’s morning, noon, evening or night, you choose your time where you can reflect your thoughts. As in the whole day, we are occupied with lots of work, so generally, it’s night time where you can reflect easily about your day. But it all depends on you, how you choose your time. But the one thing which you need to keep in your mind is that your time must be dedicated to journaling only. Don’t comprise your selected time for other to-do things.
#3 Take your favorite stationery
If you start journaling, then you must choose your favourite stationery with you. The reason behind it is the more comfortable and feel good about your tools, the more you want to dwell in the process. Who doesn’t like writing with a smooth pen on a beautiful diary?
If you don’t want to write manually in your diary because of your reason of privacy or anything, you can always have an option for your laptop or your cell phone. Many applications have also come to give you the feel of you’re writing in your diary.
#4 Take a deep breath
Before starting to pen down your thoughts, you can feel that your mind is already racing with so many thoughts. To settle down your mind, as you sit on your place to write with your favourite or chosen tools of writing, take a deep breath to relax your body and mind.
As your mind settles down, your racing thoughts transform into what you need to write first, what is your important worry or what makes you anxious today. It might not come in your first attempt, but you can feel it in your successive time, where you’d feel it as a habit or routine of your day.
#5 Reflect your day/ week/ year, either in past or future
While scribbling your thoughts, there are many chances that you are currently focusing on your current situation and your most important thought or your past memories which present beneath your current thoughts are not visible.
Take your time to reflect back what has happened in your current day, week or year. And, you can do anytime in between while you’re writing. For example, you have written half-page with your current thoughts, your pen just stopped right there. Now what to write ahead so it is the perfect moment to reflect back. Or it might be the case when you start writing in a daily routine, you don’t have any thoughts in your mind so you can reflect back or your future self.
Remember, you need to write whatever you have in your mind and next point will elaborate more on it.
#6 Flow with your thoughts
As above, I have already told you about reflecting on your past or future, but while thinking, your mind races with thoughts, pictures or any memory. Make sure you write it down with your speed, irrespective of how your handwriting looks. Because it’s your space and nobody can see this or judge you.
Make sure, you bleed your thoughts or emotions while you’re journaling. This comes naturally when you start doing it.
#7 Write everyday, whether it’s good or bad day
There are times when we feel so full of thoughts because of our bad day, and then we think like journaling help us to clear our thoughts. Yes, you’re right, but you’re wrong at the same time. You must do journaling even when you’re having a good day.
On a good day, if you start writing you feel grateful about your life and about your day and this is the best achievement for your mental health. Be consistent with this technique.
As I’m doing it from a while and it feels very clear and calm at the same time when you’re done with your journaling at the end of the day. At the end among all the tips above mentioned, the first and foremost tip for journaling is making yourself comfortable of where you’re writing, how you’re writing and what you’re writing.
You can switch anytime between your journaling application or traditional pen and diary method. In the end, you need to make yourself consistent with journaling. Also, I wrote about consistency in my previous blog post; you can read it here what I mean consistency.
So, what are you waiting for? Grab your favourite stationery and start doing it. In this quarantine period, this is the best time to adapt this habit in your life.
If you have any query you can contact me through social media with name ‘thoughtsways’ or you can comment below in this post.
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