How To Start A Journal And Stick With It

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Our lives contain a series of hidden gems of insight and understanding, and our most recent experiences contain the most useful gems of all.

This is because our most current lessons have the strongest impact on how we are living right now.

By documenting your struggles, achievements, and relationships in a journal, you can use this blank canvas to help clear your mind, solve problems, and process your emotions.

Journaling can also lead to a deeper understanding of your past, present, and future and insight into how you have grown and changed over time.

Many people choose to write in a journal because it provides improved mental clarity and an ability to view life in the big picture, while also creating a written testament of their journey.

It is also an excellent tool for healing past wounds and current stress, as it helps free you from the mental baggage that causes mental and physical illness.

Studies have revealed that the emotional release from journaling lowers anxiety and stress, and improves physical health.

Journaling is a perfect mindfulness activity because you are willfully encouraging your mind to be present with your writing.

It forces your brain to slow down to better organize your thoughts and consider the big picture. It is an uninterrupted connection between thought and language.

“There are a thousand thoughts lying within a man that he does not know till he takes up the pen to write.”– William Makepeace Thackeray

If you're not sure how to get started with your journal, rest assured that this is a common roadblock. There is no right or wrong way to go about this process.

If you want to start a journal and stick with it, here are the steps to begin this transformative practice.