The past year may have left us feeling more anxious and unbalanced than ever before. It isn’t easy to immerse yourself in the possibilities of a new year when you can’t identify your emotions.
2020 was a year filled with anxiety and uncertainty, which seems to have filtered into 2021. Unfortunately, it is impossible to expect the situation to change immediately, so it is best to find positive coping ways.
Journaling is known as a healthy habit to express and understand your emotions, patterns, and concerns. Take a look at some easy tips to help you start journaling this year for a healthier state of mind.
Create A Journaling Routine
The best way to get into something and to stick to it is to do it regularly at a set time. Creating a regular journal routine will help you develop a habit for this therapeutic writing activity making it more beneficial.
Determining how you want to process your thoughts may help you assess your journal routine. One would journal in the morning to set intentions for the day, and those who wish to reflect can journal in the evening.
Use Writing Prompts To Get Started
Many of us may know that we need a journal but may not know how to get started. Many online resources and journals offer writing prompts that will help you through the beginning stages of your journal journey.
Keep Your Journal Close
Having your journal near you at all times can help you strengthen your journaling habit. If you keep your journal at a designated journaling spot, it is easier for you to start writing when the time comes.
It is also great to carry the journal around with you if you leave your space to process any thoughts. The phrase ‘out of sight, out of mind’ can refer to habits as well, so do your best to keep the journal visible.
Journal Without Fear
We experience judgment from everyone we meet, including ourselves. It is important to remember that your journal is a judgment-free zone where you can express yourself however you choose.
Express Yourself In Times Of Need
Although daily journaling is fantastic, journaling can be excellent for extremely emotional moments. When you feel a sudden negative emotion, you can turn to your journal to express yourself.
Writing in your journal at these times will help you healthily process your emotions. Your journal can also help you work through decisions and any personal or creative pursuits you may have.