7 Ways To Journal
Posted Tue 14th Apr 20 - 3 mins read
There are so many different ways to journal so I wanted to share some of my favourites.
My usual is to just do what i feel i need at the time.
It's important to remember to do what suits you best.
1. Gratitude Journal: List between 3 and 10 things you are grateful for. This is great for anxiety and depression - a simple reminder of what we have to be grateful for in life, even if it's as simple as running water and indoor toilets! It encourages people to think about what's good in their lives and takes away thinking about the past or worrying about the future to keep you firmly grounded in the present.
2. Reflection/Expressive writing: This one is the scientific/psychology/therapy promoted one in that you are writing with a specific goal in mind. Something specific you need to work through. You write continuously for at least 15 minutes which gives your brain time to adjust and get into it. The more you write the more you learn. The more regularly you do it, the more knowledge and power you have to live your best life.
3. Daily prompt: Start the day with a specific question and finish it off before you go to bed. You can use your own question or a prompt from wherever you'd like. There are tonnes of really great ones out there. Check out my Pinterest board for some prompts and ideas, https://www.pinterest.co.uk/focusonmylife/ This is a great way of embarking on a journey to discover yourself, make sure you write without stopping, its like one of those quick fire quiz rounds you answer fast to get to your subconscious mind to get the really good stuff!!
4. Brain Dump: I love this one because you basically just dump out all the chaos in your mind - song lyrics, quotes, doodles, everything - don't miss anything out because it could mean something! Empty it all out onto the page and then go back over it to try and piece it together or attach it to other entries. Fantastic for spiritual free writing/downloads moon rituals etc.
5. Scrapbook: This is perfect for the creative in you and great if you like to use Pinterest or digital collages because all you do is collect images together. Collect images you love so that when you look back over them they create the feelings you are looking for such as calm, love and inspiration. Check out my Pinterest board below for ideas.
6. Dream: Our dreams can be a doorway into our soil in the sense that our inhibitions are not present when we are asleep and so our dreams can provide important messages about what we need or paths we need to travel. Keep your journal by your bed and with you immediately after waking because you can blink and the lot is gone! This type of journalling is great to assist with moon rituals etc.
7. Goal focused journal: This type of journalling is great for any big goals you want to achieve. You can break them down into more achievable steps, which you can then track and tick off - because who doesn't like to tick something off from a list every now and then?!