Your Life is Worth Recording: Tips for Starting a Journal
Updated: Aug 23, 2019
Prior to 2 months ago, I had never blogged before. I had actually never even journaled before. For most of my life I have been in therapy, so I thought that it would be a piece of cake putting pen to paper; I had basically been verbally blogging with my therapists, right? But when it came time to start writing, I had a difficult time. There was something that felt unnatural about writing it all down, which was challenging because I now have a job in which part of my duties is to write a weekly post. Though it has been challenging, it has been very eye opening and rewarding.
Here are a few tips that have helped me in my new adventure of blogging and journaling.
Try to write everyday. Even if you don't feel like it, try to write down even just a thought or two each day. It doesn't have to be profound, but you may stumble upon something eye-opening.
Use journaling prompts/reflection questions. If you are feeling stuck or unsure of what you want to write about, it helps you get past the daunting blank page. Here are some great reflection questions to start your journey of self discovery.
Always carry a notebook or journal with you. Inspiration can strike at any moment!
Journal your "stream of consciousness". Write whatever you're thinking or feeling, unedited, uncensored, without judgment. This free flow of thoughts and emotions can be freeing and help declutter your mind.
I hope these tips can help you take the leap into creating a practice of reflection, self-discovery, and self-awareness.