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Journaling: Why You Should Get Started.

By Jonathan Carnino

Journaling is a great way to help make sense of the chaos that can happen in our lives. It's a place where you can record your thoughts, feelings, and emotions without judgement. It's a space where you are free to be yourself and share what matters most with yourself or others.

There are a few reasons to pick up the habit of writing every day, including:

  • Digesting your emotions. It gives us a safe place to be honest with ourselves about what is going on internally. It can provide great insight into thoughts and emotions that are difficult for us to understand otherwise.

  • Clarifying your thoughts. When we journal, we are able to put our thoughts into words. This can be really helpful in getting clarity on something that is bothering us or that we are struggling with.

  • Gaining perspective. Journaling can also offer us some much-needed perspective on challenging situations. It allows us to step back and see our situation from a different angle.

  • Creating a record. We often forget things that we have said or done, but when we journal we are creating a physical or electronic record of our thoughts and experiences. This can be really helpful down the road if we want to reflect on our past or revisit a particular time in our lives.

Thus journaling helps us know who we are as well as providing an outlet to dispose of pent up thoughts or feelings so they don't become destructive or continue impacting our body or mind negatively over time.

If you're interested in journaling but don't know where to start, here are a few tips:

  • Choose the right journal. There are many different types of journals out there, so it's important to find one that speaks to you. Consider what type of journaling you want to do - is it for recording your thoughts and reflections, or for drawing and painting? Do you want a lined or blank journal? Should you choose an online journal (our biased perspective, do it!) or go old school?

  • Start with short entries. When you're just starting out, it's best to keep your entries short and sweet. This will make it easier to stick with it and you won't feel overwhelmed by the task at hand. As you get more comfortable, you can start writing longer entries.

  • Find a time that works for you. Journaling can be done at any time of the day, but finding a time that works for you is important. Some people prefer to journal in the morning, while others like to do it in the evening before bed. Experiment until you find a time that works best for you and stick to it!

  • Be honest with yourself. The most important part of journaling is being honest with yourself. Remember, you are journaling not blogging. Don't censor your thoughts or feelings - just write them down as they come to you. This will help you to better understand yourself and your thoughts.

Journaling is a great way to get in touch with yourself and your thoughts. It can help you to become more aware of your feelings and emotions, and it's a great tool for self-reflection. If you're interested in giving journaling a try, these tips should help you get started. Enjoy!