I’ve always been bad at journaling. Every year I’d attempt to keep a diary only to leave it unfinished after a few entries. But that all changed recently…
This year I’ve decided to bring mindfulness into my everyday life, and I’ve learned that keeping a journal is a powerful and simple way to help you work through issues and improve your mental health.
Journaling doesn’t have to be an excruciating retelling of your day – it’s more like a place for exploration. It’s amazing how it helps you prioritize, organize and clarify your thoughts and goals. Reflective writing allows you a brief pause to focus on your problems and put them in perspective. It’s absolutely worked for me: I feel motivated and less anxious. I feel more optimistic and an overall sense of happiness. I know it sounds like journaling is a wonderful miracle but I believe that one of the reasons why it’s so effective is because it gives you the opportunity to organize your thoughts, ideas, goals and life vision. After putting it all into words it becomes a little less daunting and you feel a little bit more in control. You can record the progress you’ve made toward your goals and plan for your next steps. Writing helps sort this all out.
And all you have to do is sit down and write.
Doodle, sketch, list your short-term and long-term goals, list your passion projects, reflect on your accomplishments, write down what you’re curious about. Get all your ideas out on paper.
When you wake up, focus on writing down three goals for the day. Make them easily achievable but meaningful. At the end of the each day you can look back at what you accomplished and learned.
And before you go to bed, write down three things you’re grateful for. The idea is to appreciate something about every day, the small things we usually take for granted. Doing that really changes your life orientation from scarcity to abundance.
Journaling everyday will help you stay connected to your inner self and your purpose in life. Trust me, it will help you live a more mindful existence and affect the way you take better actions and make better decisions. It’s like being the star of your own life.