Keeping a Journal | Explore the Process and 4 Fabulous Tips —
Keeping a journal is much more than just sitting down and making entries onto a piece of paper, especially when we are writing about ourselves and our lives. The first sentence we write may be about ourselves or the words might be about someone or something else. Either way, keeping a journal automatically enters us in a thinking process about who and what we are.
This thinking process includes our thoughts, feelings, and actions. It also helps us define how we relate to ourselves and the outside world. This introspection, which is inherent in the journaling process, is one of the reasons why so many people habitually write in their journals. They want to know who they are.
Keeping a journal is a process that evokes a conversation with ourselves. Now some may think a conversation with themselves is a nutty idea, worthy of psychological help. But the reality is that we constantly carry on an internal dialogue with ourselves throughout our daily living. We ask ourselves things about what’s going on around us, for example. This internal dialogue is a very normal and human thing that we do. The disadvantage to the person who doesn’t maintain a journal is that this internal dialogue can become lost within their minds and memory, often becoming a collage of undefined thought processes and emotions.
Keeping a journal is an extremely valuable use of your time, and one thing is for certain… keeping a journal is a fantastic experience full of many benefits. To assist you on your journaling journey I share with you these four super fabulous journaling tips.
Keeping a Journal Tip #1
Silence your inner critic – It’s your journal and your words and however you write them down they are valuable, NO MATTER WHAT!
Go with the flow to express yourself – Take some time and tune in to how you feel. Do you feel like writing a lot or simply feel like writing one word. Believe it or not, even writing ONE WORD across the page IS considered journaling!
Pick a special spot to journal – Choose a place where you feel safe, happy, and secure and where you feel inspired to lose yourself in your journal writing.
Keep it simple – If your journal writing begins to feel like a task you must accomplish, scale back or take a break. Just remember that your journaling experience is always more enjoyable when it feels spontaneous.
Keeping a journal can be a joyful and meaning growth experience and hopefully these exciting tips have sparked a greater interest in you for journal keeping. Here’s wishing you happy journaling on your journal keeping adventures!