Tips for Making Journaling Part of Your Daily Routine

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Ensuring that journaling works for you is to do it long-term. Long-term journaling gives you more insight into your life because you’ll be able to look to the past, present, and even the future (sort of) to get answers in your life. But first, you have to do it. And it would help if you did it daily to make it a habit. Let’s review a few tips for making journaling part of your daily routine.

* Make It Easy – Don’t make it a huge deal, and it’ll be simpler to get done. For example, it’s easier to use a notebook and paper than a computer for most people. You can have the book in your bag or on your bedside table, or wherever you plan to write in it.

* Choose a Time That Works – The best times to do it are early morning, first thing, or the last thing before going to bed. However, that might not work for some people. If you know a better time, do it. For example, some people like journaling while on lunch or at work in the park. It’s up to you.

* Get a Drink and Eat a Snack – You don’t want to have any excuses or extraneous thoughts while you’re writing in your journal. Make sure you’re fed and hydrated.

* Create a Comfortable and Assessable Space – It’s easier to get into your thoughts if you’re comfortable and not think about how your tailbone hurts or your wrist hurts. Some people like using a desk, some a comfy, easy chair, others their bed.

* Combine It with Something Else You Enjoy Doing – If you enjoy cleaning the house, then reading in your clean house with the windows open and the breeze flowing in, why not journal at that moment? If it’s a daily thing, add journaling to it, creating a habit fast.

* Add Some Relaxing Music to Set the Mood – Now, it’s true that some people prefer silence, so that’s fine if you do. But consider trying some music that doesn’t have words, and that is relaxing, to help you gather your thoughts and say calm and focused.

* Use a Particular Type of Journal – For some people, using a style of journaling like bullet journaling, prayer journaling, project journaling, and more works better since it defines some rules for entry.

* Consider Using Journaling Prompts – You can also find journaling prompts online for any journal you want to use.

* Reward Yourself – When you have been diligent for a month writing in your journal, take some time to read what you wrote, then reward yourself. You might buy some colored pens or some scrapbooking materials so you can add some definition and interest to your journal.

To truly experience the full benefits of journaling, you need to do it most days, so you need to find a way to incorporate journaling into your everyday life. The best way to accomplish this is to make it easy and turn it into a habit.

That’s it for now. Until next time, stay safe, and keep the faith.

How to Keep a Gratitude Journal

Gratitude journaling is a popular tool used by coaches and consultants to help people to improve their health and lives. Studies have shown the benefits for mental and physical health. If you are considering whether this could be something that could help you, then you probably have questions about what you need and how to do it. Gratitude journaling is very low cost and relatively simple.

You will need:

Writing implements: You could use a pen or pencil, but why not increase the fun and creative aspect by adding color and even texture. Different colored pens or pencils and different styles can make your gratitude journal not just a record of thanks but also a creative endeavor.

Notebook: While you could use a piece of paper, keeping a special notebook for your gratitude journal lets you know exactly where you are writing and allows you to review previous gratitude records. Your notebook can be a plain and simple one, or you could splash out on a more decorative one. However, why not consider using a plain notebook and jazzing it yourself.

By decorating a plain notebook or making a book from scratch, you are committing to the project itself. Your notebook will mean more to you, and you will feel a greater connection to it when you use it. After all, if you write positive thoughts inside it, you also want to feel happy and proud when you see it.

Time Alone: By taking time out away from disturbances, you are giving yourself space to think, relax and write. You’ll also find that you enjoy the experience of being alone and celebrating those things you are thankful for.

Now you know what you need, it’s time to discover how to do it.

Collect your journal and whatever you’ve chosen to write with.

Find somewhere quiet and where you know you won’t be disturbed. Your journaling time should be a time for reflection and celebration, free from outside distractions for the best results.

Ensure you are committed to gratitude journaling and that you want to feel happier and more grateful as a result. There is no point in just going through journaling motions without creating a positive, meaningful emotional experience.

When you write, instead of creating a long list of things you are grateful for, put some real thought into it. Take time to write about a particular event and describe why you are thankful for it. Remember to record how you felt and why.

Try to include people you are thankful for as much as you can, not just events. By having specific people and the reasons you are grateful for them, you will create a more significant emotional impact. It becomes more personal.

Include surprises and unexpected events like these will create a stronger sense of gratitude and a more significant emotional impact.

Set yourself a weekly date to write in your gratitude journal. While you could journal every day it may be more beneficial to create a habit of writing in your gratitude journal once a week. This will allow you to plan for it and enjoy it.

There are no right or wrong ways to keep a gratitude journal. Everyone will be different. However, it is important that you are committed to the process and the outcome, as well as make time for it on a regular basis.

Until next time, stay safe, and keep the faith.

Journaling to Keep Track Of Progress & Growth

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Not all journals are designed to capture emotional issues. Some journals are intended for convenient applications. Journals that track progress or growth are an excellent way to support you on your journey, such as:

✓Weight loss

✓Better nutritional choices

✓Business projects

✓Prepping for a marathon

✓Strength training

✓A pregnancy

Journals that track the specific journey on the way to a designated outcome are easy to create and deliver immediate feedback and long-term insight into the success or failure of the goal. They are an excellent tool for measuring and motivating individuals and teams.

The journal may be used as motivation to keep at it or prove that things are working and you need to stay the course. The journal may be an excellent tool for your care provider to see your actions when they cannot be with you day-to-day.

Here are some great ways to keep your journal front and center while you charge after your goal:

Post the info in a prominent place- Your bathroom mirror or your staff break room may be a great place to keep your journal front and center while tracking your progress.

Share on social media- Some people love tracking their progress and sharing it with their tribe. Apps are available for more personal journeys that make it fun and easy to share with your tribe.

Keep things portable- Sometimes, it’s best to keep things top of mind wherever you are. Your smartphone, a notebook in your purse or briefcase, or car are great ways always to have your tracking info handy. 

Tracking information for progress can show you just how far you have come in a short time. Reflecting on the journey is a beautiful motivator.

Here are some unconventional ways you can track your progress:

✓Take a photo each week

✓Do a daily video journal

✓Capture a before pic

✓Create a graph to fill in overtime

✓Start a spreadsheet

✓Download an app

Journaling for progress and growth is a satisfying way to see results quickly and to use those results to motivate and empower yourself or your team.

Until next time, stay safe, and keep the faith.

Journaling For Mental Calm and Clarity

I have more information to share regarding journaling. I may finish the rest of this week with the information I learn on journaling. I have not decided on next week. By now, you know I like to like to write about different subjects, and friends have convinced me I should share more of my creative writing.

I tell you this every so often for the benefit of new people following my blog. The idea is not only to keep you from getting bored, but I don’t want to get bored either. So I will continue to provide you with information you can use and try to entertain you.

Now that I have that out of the way let’s talk journaling.

Life gets overwhelming, and emotions run high when we are battling with demons or trying to solve a problem that feels unsolvable. One of the most-used tools of therapists or consultants is journaling. Journaling is one of the most effective ways to create clarity and calm out of chaos and confusion.

Let’s look at how journaling can create more clarity in your life:

Journaling is a judgment-free activity that doesn’t talk back by giving a voice to your feelings. Journals are there to receive your information. Unlike your best friend or mother, a journal is there to listen and not offer unsolicited advice. A journal doesn’t meddle or get bored. A journal provides a safe space for you to process. Whether good, bad, or socially inappropriate, a journal is an excellent way to free yourself from your burdens and reduce chaos.

By working your mind to solve problems- Studies prove that our minds are designed to solve problems. Our psyche wants to figure out how to do whatever needs to be done. It is how innovation and technology have changed the world by solving problems. The best way to solve a problem is to work on it. Sort of like a Rubik’s cube, imagine your mind twisting and turning those colors until you get the pattern that unlocks the door and fixes the dilemma.

Helping you define next steps- As you journal and express yourself and work on the issues at hand, your mind experiences dopamine release and starts to feel calm and competent. Ideas begin to form as to your next steps, and suddenly you have an epiphany that changes the game. Your sleep improves, your confidence improves, and you are focused.

There is something magical about releasing your chaos and confusion into a journal and discovering that there is calm and clarity available to you. Allow yourself to work through your issues by journaling and experiencing the satisfaction of solving your problems.

Until next time, stay safe, and keep the faith.

How To Get Started Keeping A Journal

I had a jam-packed weekend. I attended another writer’s conference and several meetings. But it is good to be back here writing my blog. I am sharing more information on journaling, so let’s get started.

Deciding on a journal is usually far more straightforward than actually beginning to journal. There is no right or wrong way to journal. Once you start, you can shift your style or abandon your style for another that makes more sense or is a better fit.

Here are some great things to ask yourself before you start to journal.

✓How do I want to express myself when I journal?

✓How much time do I have to spend journaling?

✓Where do I want to do my journaling?

✓Is there an activity I love that I can use as a form of journaling?

✓What is my goal in creating this journal?

Answering these questions helps you choose the best method and time frame to begin journaling. All you need is to pick the process and time frame that suits you and start.

Consider these things when making your decision.

Tools Matter- Find a pen that is smooth and effortless to use. Decide if you love a notebook that lays flat, a bound blank book, or a notepad. If you are using an electronic notebook, make sure you are in a comfortable space where ever you work. Be on the lookout for tools to make journaling fun and time well spent.

Time is critical- Find a time when you have quiet time and are charged to do your journaling. It may only be before the family wakes in the morning or after they go to bed. Perhaps you will have to journal in the car between activities for your kids. Be intentional about creating a routine you can count on when you start to journal.

Spacial Awareness- Time may be a commodity, but there are ways to increase your productivity when journaling. Reduce distractions, including unnecessary noises. Turn off the radio, television or close your door. Go outside and listen to the sound of nature or turn on a fan or white noise device. Limit the number of people in your personal space and consider diffusing oils or having a scented candle burning.

Do what comes naturally- The best way to begin journaling is by doing what already comes naturally. If you love to write, get to it. If you are a list maker, start listing your thoughts in nice neat rows. If you are a talker and a runner, consider an audio journal that you can dictate into while you do double duty as you exercise. 

Have a why- When you have a solid why to what you do, you are more likely to stick with it. Knowing why you are journaling helps get you going and keeps you going. If you are trying to lose weight or manage a health issue, knowing that you are journaling your food intake for your health will keep you motivated.

Starting the journal isn’t tricky, and the fun begins when you decide to start. From finding the perfect tools to expressing yourself naturally and effortlessly, you will be on your way to recording important history about your life before you know it.

Until next time, stay safe, and keep the faith.

Three Big Benefits Of Keeping A Journal

Journaling is older than the written word. Men and women have been tracking their lives since cave dwellers drew crude pictograms on walls. It is in our DNA to draw, write, process, and document our journey through life. Some of this country’s most beloved treasures are the journals and accounts written by America’s founding fathers and mothers.

Whether you are plotting out a new business, processing your thoughts in a safe place, or creating a documentary of a journey, journaling is an effective way to sort through life and create new outcomes.

There are three enormous benefits to keeping a journal

  • Exploration of possibilities
  • Expressing the processes of life
  • Gaining personal historical perspective

Explore the possibilities- Journaling creates a safe space to ponder any and every idea that comes to mind. Sometimes one of the best ways to manage the overwhelm of life is to empty your head of the thoughts, ideas, and information running through your mind. Writing down the information frees you up to let it go. The brain is no longer required to manage so much information.

Journaling your thoughts and dreams flex your imagination and fires neurons that expand ideas. Writing things out creates a space for ideas to come and be cataloged. Then you can go back and add to the pictures or let them go if they no longer suit you—the simple act of asking yourself what if invites the possibilities to come. Writing the ideas that come to mind makes room for you to explore what it would take to make them a reality.

Express yourself- Just as art, music, and dance are forms of expression, journaling is a fundamental way people express themselves. Whether you are doing Bible journaling, bullet journaling, or writing long hand in a leather-bound book filled with empty pages, you represent yourself profoundly. No two journals are alike, and there is great power in having an outlet to share whatever is at the forefront of your mind.

Expressing yourself gives you an outlet to manage the emotions of a difficult time in life. The activity of writing in a journal can be a way to recharge your batteries and do some self-care. Journaling can give a pathway to a passion for writing about, drawing, or capturing your most important ideas when they have your full attention.

Remember what happened- Life is fleeting. What you are experiencing today will be a memory in a very short time. What you feel about life, happiness, sadness, joy, or confusion won’t always be the case. You won’t always be pregnant. You won’t always be in the beginning stages of starting your business. Journaling creates a timeline where you can live in the moment and reflect on the future. Nothing is better than going back and revisiting who you were back then, recognizing how far you’ve come, and seeing that things worked out for the best.

Seeing how you worked through issues and made them is beneficial. One day, your family may read your journal and understand who you were and what you were managing at different times of life.

Journaling benefits come alive when you move the thoughts and ideas from your head to a journal. There are undeniable advantages to exploring the possibilities, expressing yourself, and having a historical perspective on life.

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Until next time, stay safe, and keep the faith.

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Journaling to Help with Stress

Stress affects almost everyone at some time in their lives. Whatever reason you are stressed, congratulations for recognizing it and wanting to do something about it. Here are some excellent ways to journal to combat your stress.

Write Daily for 5 to 15 Minutes

The thing about journaling that is important is that you need to do it daily long term to work. It takes a lot of writing and insight to figure out why you’re dealing with stress and how to overcome it.

Write about Your Worries

Go straight to the problem and write about your worries. Describe your concerns from every angle you can come up with—the more descriptive, the better. Go back to the first time you felt this feeling regarding this topic so that you can get to the bottom of it.

Describe What’s Happening Now

Put what you did out of your mind, write precisely what is happening right now and where you stand with the issue causing your stress. If it’s generalized stress, try to make a list of things that might be contributing.

Document the Worst That Can Happen

As you look at the situation, one thing that often causes stress is the unknown, or the “worst thing” that you think can happen. Describe this worst thing but make it realistic. For example, don’t makeup something like an airplane falling on your wedding party. That isn’t realistic. However, bad weather, rude in-laws, and other issues may be.

Document the Best That Can Happen

Let’s get serious by thinking about and writing about the very best (realistic) outcome of the situation you’re stressing over. Include potential steps and tactics to achieve this best-case scenario so that you can see it to fruition if you so choose.

Document What Is Happening

As you are writing, be very careful to be realistic and honest above all else. Imagine the best and worst, ensure that you are also documenting the reality of what is happening to you. That way, you can narrow down identifying the stress-inducing situation.

Write a Counter-Argument to Yourself

An excellent way to overcome some stress about a situation is to argue with yourself. First, tell your story as a letter to yourself about what is happening. Then write a letter back to yourself in answer, discussing all the negativity and turning it into positivity. If your best friend wrote that, what would you say back?

Surprisingly, writing can accomplish so much, but you can achieve a lot if you go into journaling to help with stress under the right attitude and with a goal in mind. The important thing is that you need to be honest with yourself to find out the true causes of your stress. In this way, the actions you take to overcome them are practical.

Until next time, stay safe, and keep the faith.

WOW! 402 Consecutive Blog Posts!

I thought I would do my blog post differently this time. For the next 400 blogs, I will include videos and share more of myself. I will also continue to share articles and other information that I believe will benefit you.

If there is something you would like more information on, please put it in the comments below.

It has been a pleasure to share with you. Thank you so much for sticking with me during my learning time with this blog. I have loved every moment of putting together information for you. Stay with me and we can grow together. Until next time, stay safe, and keep the faith.

Ten Additional Ways To Invest In Yourself pt. 2

  • Create A Mantra

Like Pumba in The Lion King, you can help yourself get through those tough times in life (which will inevitably arise) by creating your own personal, positive mantra. It needs to be something that specifically speaks to you. Once you come up with it, try blocking them with the mantra any time you start having negative thoughts. You can also write the mantra on sticky notes and place them around the house for you to see and remember later.

  • Get Up Early

People who get up early in the morning are generally more productive than those who sleep late. Not only that but pushing the snooze button has been shown in several studies to make you more tired rather than help you feel more rested.

And this applies on the weekends too. It would be best if you were getting up at the same time each day of the week to keep your body consistent. And soon enough, getting up early will not be difficult at all.

  • Have A Morning Routine

I am wondering what you are going to do these mornings when you are up early? Well, investing in yourself means it is time to have an established morning routine. It can be something simple like brushing your teeth, exercising, and then taking a shower. But if you want to take yourself to a new level of success, this morning routine should also include some time for journaling, meditation, goal setting, and planning your day.

  • Journal

Even if you do not have time to do it in your morning routine, keeping a journal is vital for growing with yourself. You use your journal to reflect on things that have happened and write and track goals.

At any given time, you should have two lists of goals in your life, those for the short term and those for the long term, and a journal is an excellent way to keep these all-in-one safe place. Either way, try your best to journal at least once a day, but for best results, you should journal both in the morning and in the evening to check back in with how your day went while it is still fresh on your mind.

  • Plan Your Days

It is another reason to keep a journal. You will stay more focused and on task if you write a to-do list for yourself every morning for the day. It goes beyond simple household chores and errands. If you want to take control of your life and invest in yourself, you should also plan your phone or social media time. This way, you will not constantly be checking your phone or wasting valuable time when it could be better applied somewhere else in your life.

  • Meditate

The benefits of meditation are so vast that there is truly no reason you should not be attempting to meditate weekly. Meditation has been shown in numerous studies to reduce stress, control anxiety, and help reduce early memory loss. It also helps the practicing individual become more self-aware and focus for a more extended time.

To get the best benefits of meditation, you must find 10 minutes each day to meditate. If you have trouble clearing your mind, you can attend a yoga class, and often the instructors there will teach you breathing techniques that can transfer to meditation. For best results, meditate both in the morning and in the evening.

  • Keep Yourself Organized

Staying organized is a favor your current self does for your future self. If you are not already organized, head to your nearest home store and pick up a few tools to help you get situated.

Try to organize everything so that you can find it quickly and efficiently when the time comes. Labels are a great feature, especially when dealing with several different bins of supplies!

  • Have Goals

Investing in yourself means having goals. And as previously mentioned, you need to write these goals down daily, or at least every week, to keep them fresh in your mind and keep yourself on track. If you do not think you have any goals, it is long past time to make some!

So even if you are not sure where you want to be in a few years, start by making a goal for the month, no matter if it is to save money or perhaps try a new restaurant in town. The whole point is to set your sights on something and then follow through and achieve it.

  • Track Your Results

Whatever your goal may be, you need to keep track of your results to keep yourself on track. If your goal is weight loss, weigh, measure, take pictures of yourself regularly, and write about your feelings and progress.

Keeping all of this information brief in something like a journal is recommended, but social media can also be a helpful tool as long as you have a following of people who support you on your way to your goal.

  • Let Go Of Things That Anger You

Believe it or not, holding on to and suppressing anger can cause physical damage to your body. It can lead to increased blood pressure, liver damage, and muscle aches, as well as a myriad of other physical symptoms.

It is why you need to make a conscious effort to let go of the things that anger you. You can do this during your meditation, your journaling, or by arranging to see a therapist. Regardless of how you decide to learn to let go, the first step is deciding that you will, and the rest should follow more easily.

Use these suggestions from yesterday and today to begin investing in yourself. Until next time, stay safe, and keep the faith.

Why is Journaling So Popular? Pt. 2

Here in part two are a few of the reasons journaling is so popular. Over the weeks and months to come, I will share other ways journaling can significantly benefit you.

Journaling provides surprising health benefits.

As well as helping to boost mental health, journaling can also be great for physical health too. There have been a lot of studies that have shown that journaling regularly can:

  • Boost your immune system.
  • Improve your memory.
  • Help you recover from trauma.
  • Improve cardiovascular health.

The health benefits are largely down to an increase in stress and negativity. You might be surprised how much a positive outlook can improve your physical health.

So, if you are looking to become healthier both mentally and physically, keeping a daily journal can help.

You are helping to improve every aspect of your life.

With journaling, it can help to improve every aspect of your life. You can use it to better yourself in every possible way. Want to lose weight? A journal can help you to set goals and track your progress. It will also help you identify what makes you keep the weight on (such as poor eating habits or emotional eating).

You can use daily journaling to improve your relationships, get better sleep, become healthier and reduce stress. There is no limit to what journaling can help you to achieve.

These are some of the main reasons why journaling is so popular. While it used to only consist of writing down your thoughts, you can practice many different types these days. Research the different types before choosing which one is right for you.

Until next time, stay safe, and keep the faith.