The Beginners Guide to Journaling

When you think of journaling what comes to mind?

Do you stare at the page with overwhelm?

Are your thoughts running sprints?

Do you feel confused on where to start?

If you answered yes to one or more of these questions, you are not alone. Be gentle with yourself. Journaling is a process and it takes practice. Once you get in the groove of journaling, it will be an easy and rewarding practice.

So, where do you start?

Wherever you want.

Here’s the thing, journaling is for you, your thoughts, your creativity, and your healing. There are many different ways to journal, many emotions connected with the process and the way you choose is the right way.

One of the most common questions about journaling that I get is, “how do I get started?”

My short answer, just start. Easier said than done, I overstand.

Here are five easy ways to start and continue a journaling practice.
  1. Use Writing Prompts

When the page is staring at you and the thoughts are speeding in your head, it is hard to process and get everything out. Some of us are so disconnected from ourselves that we can’t figure out where to begin. That is okay and there is nothing wrong with it. Journaling is a wonderful way to reconnect with ourselves. Writing prompts are an easy way to begin the journaling process. Want to get started? Download free prompts here.

  1. Try bullet points

If your thoughts are not flowing on the page, list sentences, daily highlights, and gratitude statements. Later down the line you can use some of the items you listed as writing prompts for your future journal entries.

  1. Set up your space

There is nothing like a lovely space that is aligned with inspiration, creativity, and more. If you can create a space that you love to write, awesome. If you can’t, choose a place that makes you happy, calm, and at ease. Write and enjoy.

  1. Carry a notebook

Find a nice journal or book that inspires you or motivates you to write.  Some people who journal more often might keep their journals in a safe place and carry another one. There might be a time where the inspiration hits for an idea, you are ready to do a brain dump, or you are at a location that is ideal for writing. It is nice to have your journal with you when the inspiration hits.

  1. Make it a ritual

Journaling is a wonderful ritual. I don’t recommend that you miss two days of journaling if you are going for a daily practice. You want to create a habit, so stay consistent.

There are many motivational tools you can use to keep up your journaling habit, one is using affirmations. I created a free list of affirmations for writers. You can get them here.

Find your space, take a deep breath, and allow the pen to meet the page.

Leave a note in the comments. Do you journal?

Be well. Write well.

Yvelette

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