Journaling to Become the Best Version of Yourself
How much do you want to say or write down and don't because you don't like to hear and see what you have to say? Putting words into the universe allows so much recognition and closure. Whether it is setting an intention for the world to hear or writing down a thought that you need to see out loud, or practicing gratitude, there are profound consequences.
I have held so much in for fear of what putting it out there will do. Even if it is just me seeing the words from my most private thoughts out loud.
Whether putting my words out there help me heal or helps me to support someone else's healing, all that matters is that there is healing. And maybe that is what we are afraid of — the recovery.
There is comfort in holding on to your deepest thoughts and ease in not letting go of those precious words and thoughts you hold.
But there is healing and self-discovery in letting them out, speaking your truth for you and others.
We live in a world of social media highlight reels that make our lives feel inadequate or insignificant. But we are all human; we want to feel a connection to people and things. So we watch, read, and hang onto what others say and write. In the meantime, our personal thoughts and feelings become clouded and intermingled with what others are feeling and saying. So right now, I am encouraging you to start journaling; start today. An amazing thing happens when you put pen to paper and thoughts to the pen. Try it today! Write without judgment, fear, and worry from others. If it makes you feel better, write it all out, tear it out, and throw it away!
Benefits of journaling:
Journaling helps you be more aware of your thoughts and the situations you are in. And self-awareness is so helpful for bettering yourself in the long run.
When you regularly journal, you help to motivate yourself by thinking about your dreams and aspirations. And when your motivation is higher, then usually your productivity is too.
Anything you do regularly helps keep you more focused, aligned, and organized. And daily journaling is no exception to that! By committing to daily journaling, you can help yourself be more organized.
Journaling helps you be less stressed and anxious because you are writing your thoughts and working through them, which means you are less stressed and can work on improving yourself.
How to start daily journaling:
Make it a part of either your morning or night routine. Whichever routine is the most stable for you and doesn't change often.
Keep your journal somewhere visible (like your nightstand), so when you see it, you remember.
Set a timer on your phone for the time of day you prefer to journal.
Make journaling a little routine. For example, if you journal in the morning, make it a habit to grab your journal, make your coffee, and then sit in the same quiet place to journal.
What do I wish I felt more of today?
When do I feel the most confidence?
What character traits do I admire the most in others?
Talk about five things that brought you joy today.
What are you looking forward to?
What three parts of your life make you happy to improve?
Talk about the biggest lesson you learned this month.
Make a list of what you need to let go of.
What do you want to do more of in your life?
How can I have more peace in my life?
Where do I see myself in 6 months?
What parts of my life would improve/change if I was more confident?
Talk about what makes you feel the most loved.
Name some things in life that inspire me.
How can I make my life more meaningful?
How do you feel when you are alone?
What is my biggest failure in life?
What thing do I consider my most significant accomplishment?
How do you feel after a day spent socializing?
If I could tell my younger self one thing, what would it be?
Am I living my life to the absolute fullest right now?
Congratulations on starting your journaling journey. You are on your way down a beautiful path of bettering yourself and genuinely connecting with your inner emotions and thoughts.
Remember to be kind to yourself while journaling and getting the hang of it. But once you get used to it, you will be better in touch with your true feelings, which is beautiful.
If you enjoy your new journaling practice, I encourage you to keep it up. I have designed a Daily Journal To Balancing Emotions, Thoughts, and Habits to help make journaling a more natural routine. You can find it here if a more guided book is what you are looking for.