There is no wrong way to journal. Well, actually, there IS one wrong way--being too negative. But other than that, your journal can be whatever you want it to be. Since there are no rules to follow, you can't be horrible at it. But, finding your personal journaling niche can take some trial and error. You may be feeling overwhelmed by all the options. Or, you may have chosen the wrong option and have gotten stuck because it doesn't work for you. If you're currently not journaling but you want to, here's a little push to get you back on track.
Sparkly unicorns, you can absolutely set intentions through meditation alone. But, since I’m blogging for Sohospark -- and because I’m a writer at heart who loves using journals -- of course I’m going to focus on how to use your personal journals here. There are several benefits to getting your intentions down in a writing journal. Check out the blog post for tips and inspo.
There are a bunch of reasons why I love using a personal journal for my vision boards:
It’s easy to create space for different dreams and goals. And, when you work with with themes, you don’t need to feel overwhelmed about defining all your intentions at once.
- You’ll be more apt to be honest.
- It’s easier to add images to a journal than to a wall board.
- You’ll have a handy archive of your past boards.
- They're portable!
- Combining a writing journal with a vision board can open up a new dimension of understanding.
Hygge is about making the ordinary special, by practicing mindfulness and by ritualizing everyday activities. It’s also about creating a feeling of coziness, by restricting the amount of empty space around a person or group of people. The end result is a feeling of contentedness.
When you think about it, journaling is all about hygge.
Starting this year, I’ll be doing something else to recharge and destress: journaling. Both Bullet Journals and writing journals can help you manage the chaos of the holiday season - so that you can focus on the joy.
It's a proven fact: Kindness makes you feel happy and feeling happy makes you kinder.
Tracking kindness is a terrific way to keep kindness on our radar and incorporate more of it into our lives. Just as a gratitude journal makes us more attuned to the things that we’re grateful for, a kindness journal or tracker makes us more aware of those moments of grace. And, especially if we have a goal of recording one (or more) acts of kindness daily, we’ll be more apt to take action.
No one knows for sure why journaling is an effective stress-buster. But there are several theories that make a lot of sense.
- It's a lot like talking to a therapist.
- It gives you the chance to reframe your narrative.
- It gives you a safe space to release your deepest worries and fears.
- It gets you to uplug and examine your thoughts.
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, your kitty deserves her own journal (or Bujo trackers). Starting a personal journal for your cat is a great idea for many reasons. It helps you and your vet track your kitty's health; it's a excellent resource for a petsitter; it provides a way to make sure Tiger's basic needs are being met; and it will become a beautiful memory book. Click in for tips and inspo on how to get your kitcat started with her own personal journal.
Art journals are essentially visual diaries where both images and words are used to express the diarist’s thoughts. They cancan be used to document moments from “your everyday life, as well as your bigger hopes, dreams, and fears. A single page will often fuse words and illustrations to offer a look at what’s going on inside your head.” Read More
Do you sometimes suffer from existential angst? Do you wonder if you’re reaching your full potential? Do you do something every day that brings you joy? What do you dream about? Using your journal to evaluate your life can provide clarity, identify things that you want to change (or that are going well), and give you a chance to set goals towards realizing your dreams. In short, evaluating your life can make your world a better place. Read More
Journaling has proven benefits for our mental health. Whether you use a lined writing journal or a Bujo, journaling can help calm the chaotic thoughts in our heads, give us clarity about our patterns and triggers, keep us on the sunny side, and generally work toward optimal mental health. Read More