How to Start Journaling – and Make it a Habit
As much as I am an advocate for journaling, I too had to find my need to journal and put in the effort to write out my thoughts, and eventually incorporate it into my lifestyle. It takes time, patience, and personal love and support to find your way of consistent journaling, but I am here to shine some light on what may help you get there.
Find Your Reason
Doing things with a purpose adds meaning to the activity. In order to develop a habit, you need to have a reason or motive to do so. Ask yourself, “why do I want to Journal?” Is it a new personal challenge? Are you looking for another way to de-stress? There are many mental and physical health benefits that can also be great motivation to journal.
Welcome the Possibilities
Keeping an open mind to the new direction your personal journaling journey will take you will play an important role in creating consistency. Try the affirmation, “I am open to what the universe wants for me”, before you start to write, or take a deep breath to clear your mind and welcome the new that you will learn about yourself.
No matter if you are a planner or not, set aside time to jot down your thoughts. As little as 5 minutes per day will help you start your consistency journey. As the need to journal grows, so will the time you dedicate to journaling.
Make-up an Activity
Don’t stress if you don’t know where to start. Another great attribute of journaling is that you can structure it however you like. You can start by doodling, or just writing the first word that comes to mind. Try writing an affirmation, or using journal prompts, to get your mind flowing. Simply, create an activity and watch your journaling consistency increase.
Reflection helps with many things like providing reassurance, enhancing memory, and highlighting growth. When you are able to reflect on the time and effort you spent to journal, no matter how long or short, you will feel more accomplished and motivated to continue journaling.