One of the biggest lessons we took from the pandemic is the importance of knowing how to take care of ourselves and our mental health. Due to the lack of contact, we haven't been able to properly define and express everything we feel. A lot of those thoughts can stay inside our minds and create space for anxiety and stress. Taking care of ourselves has become such an important topic of conversation, and learning self-care is a skill that requires time and patience.
In previous articles, we outlined some tips on self-care that include having a gratitude journal to bring a more positive outlook in the present moment. Indeed, a lot of research today suggests that journaling is a form of bringing focus to your life, reducing anxiety, or having a creative outlet where you could even practice your writing skills. There are so many ways in which a person can keep track of their life in writing that you can choose what suits you the best. You can go digital or paper, and even if you are not keen on writing long texts about your day, you can get premade journals that ask you very specific questions.
These are some different styles of journaling that may help you to keep track of your day:
They are great to have an overview of your day, your mood, and your energy levels. You can keep it next to your bed to fill it in before sleep and right after you wake up.
One of the ways to combat the anxiety of the week is to outline your days in advance. You can do some preparation during the weekend and write down not only things you need to do this week but potential challenges that may arise and how to solve them. Having that pathway in your head might give you a sense of relief. Goal journals are equally important. You can set your primary goal and then divide it into smaller ones that you can plan when and how to do. Keeping track of all of your actions might lead to fulfilling your goals faster.
Creative process writing
If you are keen on writing, you can go for a more traditional type of journaling - a diary. You can create stories or just write how you feel and what happened during the day. Not only is this a great emotional output, but it may be a very good piece of literature to read in the future.
You can choose any of them or combine them according to your needs. Once you start and get used to them, you will feel a sense of relief.
It can be overwhelming to start writing everything down immediately, so if you are trying to create a habit out of it, remember to start small. Maybe begin by having a few thoughts of gratitude written down every morning, then build up with some planning of the week to come, or a new step in your nighttime routine to write your emotions down. Soon enough, you will create a habit that will become an essential part of your day.
We will outline some of the benefits of keeping a journal:
- Strengthen your memory
- Reduce anxiety and everyday stress
- Keep track of your personal growth and achievements
- Improve your communication and writing skills
- Find inspiration
- Gain confidence in yourself and achieve goals
Whatever you choose as a method for journaling, you can be sure that it will have a positive impact on your life. Whether it's a colorful notebook, a premade planner, or even a digital journal in your pocket, you will notice how quickly your life becomes more organized. Through journaling, your goals and aspirations are going to be clearer, which already puts you closer on the path of achieving them.