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How To Journal Series – Journal Idea #1 – Find Peace and Happiness Via Journaling
Dear Journaling Buddy
When you start journaling your life, you will begin to find all of these fantastic benefits you never thought you would gain from the simple act of journaling.
Journaling has worked wonders for my mental, physical, and emotional health, and I hope it can help you feel the same way too!
Perhaps these benefits may take a while to manifest themselves in your life, so please be patient.
I didn’t feel the awesomeness of journaling until after a month of daily journaling. It may take you a shorter or longer time to feel the joyous effects of journaling. So, don’t force yourself to feel or experience something you think you should be experiencing. Just let it come naturally.
For me, I felt a lot less stressed and “lighter” as I dumped all my feelings and thoughts by writing them in my journals.
I prefer to write down my feelings and thoughts using a pen in physical journals. But I know that some of you prefer digital journaling by using a journaling app or keeping an online journal blog. It’s up to you whichever journaling mode you prefer. It’s your journal, and you should choose the journaling mode you feel most comfortable in.
I have become a calmer and happier person via the simple act of journaling, and I want to share some of the joy I have experienced with you.
I have also attained greater clarity in my life through the act of journaling. This is because writing down my jumbled and confused thoughts helps me to think things through more clearly. Often, I find solutions to problems that have been troubling me for a long time by merely journaling my way through my issues.
Journaling has also helped me find my focus in my entrepreneurial life as I calmly think things through on paper, and then boldly and swiftly eliminate the things which are not working for my business. This helps me stay composed and plan for my small business future while staying on the ball.
I would now like to share with you some journaling tips to get you started on journaling as quickly as you can. For those of you who are already journaling, I hope you find these tips useful for your journaling adventure.
1. Stop Trying To Create The Perfect Journal
The first thing to remember is that journaling is not meant to be perfect. It is not something you need to do a certain way, and there is no “right” way to do it. But that’s the beauty of it. Journaling becomes whatever you need it to be.
This is at the forefront of finding more peace with journaling because there is no pressure. You are not showing your journal to anyone (unless you want to), so you can write anything and everything you want without worrying about the repercussions.
Your journal is your private sanctuary, your haven, the one place you can go to where you can express all your inner thoughts and hopes and fears without worrying about judgment or ridicule.
This provides so much power for your life, allowing you to become a much more peaceful person, and ultimately, a happier person.
2. Keeping Your Journal Private
If this is something you hope to get out of your journaling experience, keep it private! Either don’t tell people you have it or always keep it with you or in a safe place. Knowing nobody can find your journal and read it makes it even more freeing for you.
3. Journaling for Mindful Thinking
The next way journaling can help you become a happier person is through mindful thinking.
Mindfulness is all about living in the current moment and acknowledging what you feel right now, whether it is good or bad. You take each moment to reflect on your current mental and physical state, without worrying too much about the future or dwelling on the past.
Mindfulness is used in many different scenarios, with some people doing mindful meditation daily, while others practice mindfulness for things like weight loss (mindful eating) or just conscious thinking as they go throughout their day.
Mindful thinking is a fantastic tool for your mental and emotional wellbeing.
How Do You Use Mindfulness in Journaling?
Something to keep in mind is that you don’t need to try to be mindful while journaling because the act of writing in your journal alone will become a more mindful experience.
However, here are some tips for being more mindful as you journal:
Take a minute to think about your thoughts first. There is no need to rush into writing in your journal if you have a little extra time. Take a few minutes to just sit quietly, close your eyes, and explore what your mind is providing you. It will typically guide you in one direction or another, giving you clues as to what is a priority right now in your thought process.
Journal about what you are feeling at this very moment before going into the past or future. Yes, there are a lot of benefits to journaling about what you have gone through, remembering essential moments in your life, and making plans for the future.
But for mindful journaling, always start with the present and what you are experiencing at this point in your life before exploring other moments.
When making plans, think of what you can change NOW. Another way to be more mindful in your journaling process is to think of what you can change now, or soon, as opposed to what you can do in 6 months or a year or longer. As you make plans and set your goals for the future, always start with the present day and circumstances right now in your life.
Allow yourself to be grateful for your current life. A big part of being mindful is understanding, acknowledging, and appreciating how you feel right now. Listen to what your mind is telling you, feel those emotions, be grateful for your life, then move on.
4. Express Gratitude In Your Journal
Speaking of gratitude, this is another fantastic benefit you get by journaling. Sometimes, gratitude can seem a little counter-intuitive, but when you are more thankful for what is in your life, it brings in even more happiness and more things to be grateful for.
Never underestimate the power of gratitude.
No matter where your life is now, you have something to be grateful for. There are big things and small things and everything in between.
Here are some examples, though what YOU are grateful for is going to be unique for YOU.
- You have steady employment, whether it is your dream job or not.
- Your personal/family life is going well.
- You got up today.
- Your illness is improving.
- You have amazing friends in your life.
- You accomplished something today.
- You are working hard on your goals.
- You have all the necessary comforts people need.
- You had help with a big problem you were experiencing.
- Your faith is helping to bring you peace in a dark time.
Remember nothing is too small or insignificant.
How to Express Gratitude in Your Journal
This part is easy; just write it down!
Some people will have a journal specifically dedicated to their daily gratitude, but this isn’t necessary. If you are journaling your life and writing in it every day, you can have one section each day where you list at least one thing you are grateful for today. This is also going to help with mindfulness.
Don’t feel too much pressure to make it long and detailed. Just a simple sentence about something you are grateful for today is all you need.
5. Celebrate Your Achievements In Your Journal
Another thing that people tend to underestimate in their life is how much happier and fulfilled they feel when they accomplish something.
Making goals and reaching them is so much more than what it brings to you on a financial or professional level. This can bring you so much joy when you realize you set a goal and accomplished it.
These can be achievements in your personal or professional life. There are a lot of beautiful things to set your mind to and work hard to strive for.
Every small and large achievement is worth celebrating.
Use your journal to celebrate every single achievement you have, from small things like getting up the courage to meet someone new, to significant achievements like completing a big project or a goal you wrote in your journal a while ago.
6. Record Your Memories and Nostalgia In Your Journal
There are some memories in your life that you might not want to remember, mistakes you have made, regrets you have. But those good memories, the ones you want to hold onto, can bring you joy.
Think about a time when you were pleased. It can be one small moment, a compliment paid to you, a fun birthday, a special moment between you and a beloved family member. When you think back on it, it brings you joy, right? You smile at the thought of it.
This is what nostalgia can bring to you. When you write everything down in your journal, you have all these opportunities to bring back your happy memories, reflect on them, and become a happier person having experienced them.
I sincerely hope the above six journaling tips will help you journal faster and better. More importantly, I hope your journaling sessions will bring you lots of joy, help you grow and glow as a beautiful human being.
Till we “meet” next time, may your journaling take you to wonderous beautiful places…
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