What are some benefits of journaling?
Keeping a journal can be a beneficial self-care practice. In fact, journaling can help you in the following ways.
- Achieve goals
- Keep track of progress & growth
- Build confidence
- Improve writing and communication skills
- Find inspiration
- Strengthen your memory
- Reduce stress & anxiety
- Gain clarity of a situation
- Help move energy that may be stuck (my personal favourite)
In exploring within myself how I can incorporate journaling into my life, I began thinking about what kind of journaling I would like to do,? How much time can I fit into my day to do this? Do I want a book? Do I want to jot some things down onto paper and store it in a file or binder? If I start with small steps now, will I be able to stick with it? What kind of journal do I want?
So what I have come up with is two options for myself, and two different types of journaling that I am going to incorporate. The first one is what I call 5 Minute Journaling: this is a practice where I set aside 5 mins of my day (can be each day, or every couple of days…whatever works best for you) and just write down sentences or in point form some things that have stuck out for me that day. The other option is what I call Brain Dump: it is where I will literally write down whatever is on my mind and get it onto paper to help shift energy that needs shifting. It is also a great way to help “brain dump” some stressors that I may be experiencing and provide some release of the tension it may be causing.
So I wanted to share with you two templates for both the 5 Minute Journaling and Brain Dump in case you’re wanting to explore journaling, or are trying to incorporate it into your life. I’m curious to know if you try either of these journaling methods, what your thoughts are? Were the templates helpful? Missing anything? Easy to use? Comment below if you’re comfortable in sharing your experience or if you have any questions. As always, you can send me a direct message too.
I look forward to hearing your journaling experiences and connecting with you. Also if you have any tips that you’d like to share, this is a safe space to do so and very much welcomed to do so. – Heather