When I journal, I just write what's on my mind at the moment. It doesn't have to be organized or written like a book. It doesn't need an intro or a story. As long as I'm putting my thoughts down, then things will start to flow onto the page. Don't try too hard or judge what's being written. Your words don't have to be "right" because it's really just about exploring your thoughts and feelings. It takes practice to write, but nobody else is watching and nobody else will have to ever read it, so just start.
Anything! The first rule is that your journal is your space and you can do whatever you want with it. Here are some suggestions though. You can write down what happened that day, negative emotions you want to exhaust or positive emotions you want to record, alternatively you can find an online prompt to follow, or use one of the fabulous 'sit andthink' exercises,any of which are designed to be done with a journal. Even doodling is an aceptable form of journalism; I bulletjournal, so for me I have a mix of daily planner, to do list, journal and sketchbook all in one.
- How to get yourself to write in your journal on days when you are really in a rut and can’t even get out of bed to write?
- Do you always journal in the same place? Or do you carry it with you?
- What do you tend to write about in your journal, to motivate yourself for tricky times?
- What do you write day to day?
- How to make it a routine task?
- How has this habit helped you?
- I’m stacking multiple journals at the moment – activity’s- 💤 sleep- diet- exercise- not sure 🤔 if that’s over doing it but it seem the phone 📱 does a lot of the “heavy lifting” recording everything?? then I just comb over the top of everything at the end of the day…not sure my strategy is functional??
- Do you write anything about your food habits?
- I typically use my journal inner reflection and CBT, but I don’t always have something related to either to write about every day. What else could I write about to make journaling a daily habit?
- Do you find that going over past journal entries is helpful for you? Or is more of a ‘write it down once and never look back’ kind of process worth exploring?