Hey everyone! I wanted to share with you how I use journaling as a tool for self-reflection and emotional connection. It’s been a game-changer for me, and I hope my experience can inspire you to give it a try too.
I may write more in depth about this another time but for now, here are some of my experiences and thoughts on Journalling.
My Journaling Process
So, when I journal, I just start writing about how I’m feeling in that moment and I don’t stop. At least until I have to think too hard about what else to write then I take a break and relax, then return after a minute or two. If I can’t think of anything else after that, I call it a day.
Sounds simple right?
Well that’s down to how I have designed it for myself. I see it as a form of release, not as a chore I have to complete.
I don’t pressure myself to journal every day either, but I try to as often as I can. Sometimes it can be weeks or even a month before I journal, but I still do it when I feel the need to connect with myself. Sometimes I go through periods where I feel I need to journal every day and other periods where I can just write sporadically. I use it more as a tool to help figure out my feelings. perhaps there is something in my blindspot and writing helps me to see it.
Oh and as for how I journal. I usually type it into a word document, because I don’t like wasting paper. However, I think writing something down physically, whether with a pen, pencil, or a quill (if you’re really old school), I feel that it can give you a more personal form of expression. It can make the journalling process feel more intimate. Thing is, my wrist always ended up aching so it wasn’t always a pleasant experience and sometimes would become one I didn’t look forward to because of it.
Journaling has helped me become more self-aware, regulate my emotions, and gain perspective on my life. Recently, I went back and read my journal entries from when I met my girlfriend, and it helped me see how much I’ve grown since then and what we’ve accomplished together.
It’s amazing how reading your own thoughts and feelings from the past can give you so much insight into your own journey. I feel it’s like hearing a conversation from your past self. It can be hurtful at times but at other times it made me feel really proud of what I have accomplished and makes me smile when I write something heartfelt.
How Journaling Can Help You Too
If you’re new to journaling, I highly recommend giving it a try. It can help you connect with your emotions, identify patterns in your behavior, and reduce stress and anxiety. There’s no right or wrong way to do it – just find a process that works for you and go with it (Or at least that’s my opinion).
So, that’s my quick take on journaling. But I’m actually planning on writing a full article about it in the future. I think it’s such an important practice that can benefit so many people, and I want to dive deeper into the topic. Stay tuned for that! And in the meantime, try out journaling for yourself. You may find it as useful as I do!
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