Benefits of Journaling
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Posted in Personal Growth
July 21, 2018

Why You Need To Start Journaling Right Now

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I truly believe we should all have to have non-negotiables in life. A non-negotiable is something that you will never ever agree to live your life without (or with). To some, their non-negotiable is as simple as never starting their day without coffee, simply because it gives them 5 or 10 minutes of silence to either wake up or plan their day. Another non-negotiable might be not marrying a deadbeat. {Sidenote: That should be a non-negotiable for every woman out there in my opinion. But hey, to each their own}. One of my own personal non-negotiables is journaling. I journal Every. Single. Day. and if I happen to fall out of that routine for whatever reason, i feel it. 
 
Journaling is a way for me to get all my thoughts out of my head. It helps me to think things through, and sort through all that noise that happens in my head. Actually, I find that when I journal, I’m much less anxious and stressed. When I don’t journal regularly, something as simple as finding the milk in the wrong spot in the fridge, can completely set me off. 

Because of this, I feel like journaling improves my relationships. Who wants to deal with a ticking time bomb right? At least if I can get all my thoughts and feelings out, an innocent by-standard doesn’t need to be on the receiving end of my random fits.
 

When To Journal

 
Personally I prefer to journal in the morning (unless it’s Winter, because that dreaded season forces me to have to get out of bed at 4am). I find it helps me to shuffle through the things that have been happening so that I can start my day with a clear head. It also forces me to sit and connect with my angels and spirit guides while I pull a minimum of one Oracle Card. Having this whole Journaling routine in the morning with the cards to represent what I need to know for the day, also allows for Automatic writing, which might be the coolest thing….EVER. 
 
You could also Journal at night before bed. A lot of people really like this because they’re able to relive their day and go to bed with a clear head. It also means they will never run out of things to write about. Something always happens in a day, so you won’t be staring at a blank page thinking “what can I write about?”.
 
There isn’t really a right or wrong time to journal, as long as you can have some peace and quiet with your thoughts, that pretty much all that matters. You can journal in complete silence or have meditation music playing in the background. Whatever gets you into the zone. What you choose today may be the complete opposite of tomorrow. Since I don’t like rules, it’s no wonder Journaling it’s one of my all time favourite things to do!
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What Do I Write About?

You can literally write about ANYTHING! Did I mention already that there aren’t really any rules? Here are a few suggestions:
 
Journal about your day, the good and the bad.

Journal about your intentions, what you want out of the week/month/year.
{Side Note: Writing out every detail to help you visualize and manifest}

Your relationships, what’s working and what isn’t

Whatever is aggravating you or keeping you up at night, there’s always something isn’t there?

The dream you had last night, they’re great messages from your subconscious and your angels, guides, and/or loved ones who have passed.

Your Tarot or Oracle Card Pulls, it can help you see any information that you might not have noticed at first or any patterns in the messages. 
 

How Do I Get Started?

I’m not going to lie, you’re probably going to start off feeling a little weird. You might feel like you’re talking to yourself or like you’re a teen again writing in your diary (or like a 12 year old girl who has to lock up and hide her diary even though she’s an only child? – true story)

The weirdness fades, I promise. Especially once you start seeing results!

The good news is you literally only need TWO things to get started — A journal and a pen. What you write is up to you. It will probably take some time to get into the swing of things but you can start writing about basic things like the weather outside or what you had for breakfast or if you have any plans for the weekend. 

I’m working on a free download for you with Journaling prompts for those days you’re feeling anxious and just staring at a blank page. It’s coming soon, sit tight!

One thing that beginners tend to struggle with is how it looks. Think of your journal entries as more of a brain dump and less of a presentation for upper management. No one else is going to see this anyway. Trust me, I was the kid who would date everything AND underline it with a red pen, and let’s not forget about colour coordinating my highlighting when I was studying (okay fine, I still colour coordinate my highlighting, sue me).

It was a challenge in the beginning to force myself to JUST write. Not to make it pretty, not to think about every word before it’s written, not to make sure everything is spelled correctly, to just flow. I promise you, it’s not that big of a deal. It’s only a big deal if you make it a big deal.

Toss the need to have to make your journal look like a masterpiece in the back of your mind. Toss it there with the to-do list of Laundry, cleaning, gardening. Into the place in your mind where you store things that you know need to be done but that you can’t get to right now. If you ignore it long enough, you won’t even find it in that place in your mind anymore. It will have completely disappeared. Out of sight, out of mind. 

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But Why Though?

So you might be thinking, that’s great Amanda, but WHY should I be journaling?

 

Journaling helps you to catch your inner voice. In this {Blog post} I mentioned how important it was to notice your thoughts and how to change them. Journaling is incredible for that. If you’re truly writing out everything that comes to mind, without a filter, you’ll notice VERY quickly just how mean we can be to ourselves sometimes. 
 
Journaling has so many incredible benefits. I’m not just saying that because I’m a die hard fan. This article on The Huffington Post mentions that Journaling can improve self-confidence, assist with achieving goals and boost your memory. 
 
This article Describes Why Keeping a journal could change your life. Written by Benjamin P. Hardy, author of WILLPOWER DOESN’T WORK, says the following
 
Journaling daily is the most potent and powerful keystone habit you can acquire. If done correctly, you will show up better in every area of your life — every area! Without question, journaling has by far been the number one factor to everything I’ve done well in my life.
That’s a pretty intense statement don’t you think? Hardy also suggests a few things to journal about, which is always something to consider reading if you’re just starting out. We tend to stop ourselves before we even start just because we don’t know HOW to start. 

What Do I Look For In A Journal?

What do you like? Personally I like Journals with motivating sayings on the cover. Kind of like these ones that I got as a Christmas gift a year or two ago. 

THIS is my journal right now and I have to say I honestly love it! I’ve learned what I like and don’t like when it comes to Journals, I mean it’s something I have to handle every day, so why not make some mandatory requirements right? The cover is so smooth and soft and I feel like it’s the perfect size. I’m also a sucker for journals with book marks in them, so I don’t have to flip through page after page to find where I left off. 

You can pretty much get a journal from anywhere but I would highly recommend purchasing one that you love. I like getting ones with motivating sayings on the cover. Others care more about the paper and want something without lines so they can write and doodle all the want and not feel so restricted. It honestly comes down to trial and error and discovering what works for you

Here are a few others I would suggest based on past experience.

 

 

At the end of the day it comes down to personal preference. What your journal looks like doesn’t REALLY matter, what’s most important is that you START! Not only start but stick with it. It doesn’t have to take up a lot of time if you don’t want it to. We tend to find excuses to not start something new even if they’ll benefit us. Are you done making excuses and ready to jump into the wonderful world of journaling?

 

Do you already have a journal? Tag me in a picture of it in Instagram so I can see it!  Have anything to add or questions about getting started? Let me know in the comments.

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