Around last December while I was working at a retail store and stocking the shelves, I came across a very pretty journal. It was light blue with golden stars scattering the cover. On a whim, I decided to buy it. Over the years I’ve heard people talk about the benefits of journaling and at the time of my purchase I’d been searching for better self-care habits. I found a solution with journaling and I haven’t looked back since.
What’s Journaling Exactly?
Well, it depends on your intentions for your journal. For some, it can be where they keep their creative ideas, for others it’s used to document aspects of their life. Overall it’s a way to prioritize, clarify thinking, and accomplish your tasks and goals. The options are endless for what you dedicate your journaling to. It’s up to you do decide.
It’s one of the most affordable forms of self-care and working on your mental health. To be able to write through your emotions or plan out how you’ll achieve your goals will not only help you understand yourself more, but allow yourself to constructively get things done.
According to experts at the University of Rochester Medical Center, journaling can help you manage anxiety, reduce stress, and cope with depression. This simple act can also help you pin-point problems, fears, and concerns you may be having. Identifying negative thoughts and behaviors is also easy to track through journaling.
What Kind Should You Use?
Though a pen and a composition notebook will do the job, it’s great to have a notebook that stands out from others. You’ll be writing very personal things in there, so why not personalize the journal you’ll be writing in. Amazon always has some really cute journals. If you’re feeling fancy and want a customized journal, check out Papier.com.
It’s always important to find a quiet space when you write. Usually, the morning or nighttime is good. Writing in the morning can really set the tone and intentions you have for the day, and writing at night allows you to reflect on your day and everything that came with it. Whatever time you choose is up to you, but there is nothing wrong with doing both either.
Here are a few morning and evening prompts if you need a little help starting off:
- What does my soul need today?
- What can I do today in order to make my goal(s) easier?
- This might keep me up at night unless I write it down.
- The best advice I’ve ever received was…
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By Amaris Edwards, Senior, Brooks College Prep