Journaling can be a great way for individuals to decompress after a long day. It allows you to keep a record of your day-to-day life to look back on, release some creative energy, record new ideas, work through difficult situations, and more. However, many people shy away from journaling because of lofty expectations. Thankfully, journaling doesn’t have to involve pages and pages of poetic language. Rather, it can be whatever each individual writer wants it to be. Some days you may find yourself writing pages and pages, while other days may only involve a few quick sentences.
Here are a few tips for those looking to start journaling for the first time – and those who have tried unsuccessfully to journal before:
- Set aside a specific time each day to journal, and try to keep it consistent. Eventually, the practice will become habitual, like brushing your teeth or taking your vitamins in the morning.
- Get rid of any expectations of what journaling “should” be. The purpose of journaling is to benefit the writer and there’s no wrong way to do it.
- Use prompts. If you’re struggling to find something to write about, or if you are looking to write about something different than your daily routine, prompts can help to spark your creativity and make you excited to journal by giving you specific questions to answer or topics to write about.
- Don’t self-edit. Write freely and don’t worry about making spelling or grammatical mistakes.
Following these tips can help set your journaling ventures up for success, and may also help you learn a thing or two about yourself in the process.
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