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Write Under Different Conditions

Have you been writing in your journal for a while, and find that you always tend to write
about the same things? If so, this can lead to boredom and quitting very quickly. A good
way to get out of this dull mindset is to try writing in a different condition, mood, or
space. Here are some ideas to help you find new conditions for writing in your journal.

Good and Bad Moods

The first way to write under different conditions is to consider what mood you like to
write in. Everyone has their preference, and this often depends on the type of journal
writing you do. For someone who likes to talk about their day and write out goals in their
journal, they might write when they are in a happy or optimistic mood. On the other
hand, someone who uses the journal to vent their frustrations tends to journal more on
bad days or when they are under a lot of stress.

Think about when you typically journal as far as your mood goes, and do the opposite.
Try journaling when you are sad and crying, when you are angry, when you are happy
and excited, and when you are tired. Look at how different your writing is! This can be a
really fun experiment, and helps you understand a little more about yourself.

Inside and Outside

Take your journal inside and outside, then look at the differences. You can even do this
at the same time. Start by getting comfortable and cozy inside your home, curling up on
a couch and writing in your journal. Just write the first thing that comes to mind, doing a
little ‘stream of consciousness’ type of journaling.

Next, take your journal outside, whether it is in your backyard, sitting on a park bench
nearby, or even driving a little further. Write another stream of consciousness page
when you are outside. Did your writing change? Were your thoughts somehow
influenced by being inside versus outside?

Sunny Day and Rainy Day

The weather can also be a condition that changes how you journal and what you
choose to write about. It also affects people’s moods and energy levels, so that also has
an affect on your writing. Try writing in different weather conditions, such as sunny days,
snow days, rainy or gloomy days. Make a note of what the weather condition was and
where you were writing at the time so you can look back and see how different your
journaling experience was.

Use Journaling Templates and Prompts

If you want to get better at journaling and improve your skills with this type of activity,
one way to do that is with templates and prompts. Writing prompts are great because
they give you a topic to write about, avoiding the frustration at staring at a blank page.
With templates, you can create them yourself or print ones already done, which provide
more ways to fill in a journal without thinking too much about it.

Start with Simple Writing Prompts

Writing prompts offer statements or questions that give you a topic to write about. There
are many types of writing prompts, from subjects like childhood and health, to general
writing topics everyone can use.

The benefit of these is that you don’t have to wonder what to write about. Some people
struggle with journaling more often because they aren’t sure what to journal about. If
this sounds like you, then writing prompts are a great way for you to get started.

Use Printable Journaling Templates

For journaling templates, they typically are one page in size, and offer a few different
sections that you can fill out. Some are daily journaling templates where you fill out
information about each day, like the weather, what you ate, how much water you drank,
if you took your vitamins, your mood, how your day was, and other information. You can
find printable templates that you are able to use and fill out during your daily journal
writing, or you can make your own based on templates you find.

Create Your Own Templates

If you want to create your own, it is very easy to do. Start by figuring out what you want
to include in each journal entry. You might be tracking your moods, or specific
conditions like anxiety or depression. Maybe you are working on your health so you
track your food and exercise, or you just want different sections and prompts for each
day.

Once you figure out the information to go on each template, you can then draw and
write them out by hand in your journal. Some might be used day after day, but others
can change, such as if you want to use journaling prompts. Leave some boxes blank in
case some days you want to add a little something different, just as your daily
affirmation or a little tidbit about your day that might be different from other days.

Simplify Your Journaling Process

Are you losing steam with journaling? Do you find it frustrating to commit and write
every day, or is there some other reason you can’t keep up with it?

Sometimes the problem isn’t that you don’t like writing or that journaling isn’t a good
activity for you, but that your approach is a little off base for you as an individual. There
is no reason it needs to have strict rules or be overly complicated, even if you are
working based off tips someone else suggested. At the end of the day, you should
journal how YOU want to do it.

Stop Making Journaling Complicated

This is probably one of the best tips to learn about journaling and really improve your
journaling skills. If you are trying to make it too complicated with rules and restrictions,
then you’re doing it wrong. Journaling should be fun and easy and help you find more
clarity in your life. It should not feel like homework or something you are forced to do.

Sure, there will be some days where you aren’t really excited about it, but this won’t
happen as often as you leave yourself free to journal how and when you want. Don’t try
to make rules about what type of journal and pen to use, when you have to write, or how
many pages you need to fill up in a certain amount of time. Just write when you want,
and stop when you’re satisfied.

Write About Whatever You Want

You can also simplify the journaling process by just writing about what you want. There
are journaling prompts that can help if you are stuck on what to write about, but you
don’t have to use them, and you don’t need to be restrictive about how you write.

You might find tips that say you should always be open and honest with journaling, or
that you need to keep it positive, but these don’t apply to everyone. YOU are in control
of what you choose to write about, so today it might be following a prompt, and
tomorrow you might write about what you did that day or what you ate for breakfast.

Get Rid of the Timer

Timers are good if you find it hard to keep track of how long you journal, whether it is
too short or too long of a time, but they aren’t mandatory. To make journal more of a
habit and something you enjoy doing, get rid of the timer. You don’t need it unless you
have an appointment to get to or journal in the morning and don’t want to go too long.

Do it Your Way

Again, you can journal however you want. Write in whatever notebook or journal you
have handy, use whatever type of pen or pencil you prefer, choose your own subject,
and write wherever and whatever time of day you like to write. Make this your own
practice that doesn’t have a lot of rules and restrictions, and you will be much more
likely to do it often.

Motivation VS Habit in Journaling

Motivation is something many people strive for with journaling and many other activities,
but often find that it disappears pretty quickly. Your motivation is what drives you. It
gives you something to work toward, it is the reason why you want to complete these
goals, and it influences the choices you make. The problem is that it doesn’t last
forever, and at a certain point, you need to find another reason to keep going.

This is true of journaling as well. What you want to do is form a journaling habit, instead
of relying solely on your motivation.

Motivation is Temporary

This can sometimes be a hard pill to swallow, because you have always been told you
just need more motivation to get things done. Motivation to exercise, motivation to reach
your goal, motivation to get chores done around your house, motivation to wake up
early, and yes, motivation to write in your journal.

Motivation is not something that is going to last forever, though it might come and go
multiple times. It gets you started and provides that drive you need to get up and start
something new. But, it is temporary. There will always come a point when the motivation
fades, and you have to rely on your own willingness to keep going, persistence, and
making sure you have built a good habit that you will continue working on

Building a Habit

How do you keep journaling every day if your motivation doesn’t last? You start a habit.
While you still want to make sure it is something you enjoy doing and that you benefit
from it, you also want to focus on making it a habit. This can take time, but as long as
you keep at it, it will soon be something you do every day without even thinking about it.

This is why in the beginning, it is good to be consistent with when and where you
journal. Over time, it is great to try new environments and times of the day for
journaling, but for that first month, try to simply make it a habit.

You can choose how to do this, such as writing in your journal first thing every morning,
bringing it with you to write during your lunch break, or saving it for the end of the day.
Choose a time of day you can schedule in and do it around the same time every day,
until it becomes a habit where you know it is time to write in your journal.

Ignore the Writing Rules

Writing in a journal can be many things; it can be a creative activity, a way for you to
find clarity, a place to keep track of your dreams and aspirations, or just somewhere you
brain dump all those thoughts running circles in your head. No matter how you choose
to write in a journal, one thing to remember is that there are no rules. Ignore everything
you learned in English class, and just write however you want. This is what will help you
to improve your journaling skills, because it takes all the “work” out of it.

You Aren’t Writing a Novel

As you begin writing in your journal, remember that you aren’t writing a novel or
anything that someone else is going to read. You don’t have to worry about plots,
characters, or getting things in the right order. Just start writing about your thoughts,
bounce around to other ideas as you want, and don’t limit yourself as far as what you
write about, the language you use, and what the page looks like.

Many people set too many rules for writing in a journal, and quickly get frustrated
because they feel like they are doing homework. This is not what journaling is! It is for
you and you only, so you can get out of it whatever you put into it. Make it personal,
make it fun, and make it much less rigid.

Ignore Spelling and Grammar Mistakes

Similar to the previous rule, you do not need to worry about your spelling and grammar.
Not sure how to spell a word? Guess. Unsure of sentence structure? Don’t worry about
it! Skip all the writing rules you learned in school, and just write however you want.
These mistakes are not important as long as you know what you are trying to say in
your journal.

Your journal doesn’t have spellcheck, and you can feel free to just keep writing without
second-guessing yourself when you stop setting so many rules for your own writing.

Write, Draw, Do What You Want

Another journaling rule to ignore is that your journal can only be writing. There isn’t any
reason you can’t draw, doodle, use colored pencils, or get creative on your journal
pages. Some days, you don’t feel as much like writing, so you can get out whatever pen
or pencil is nearby and just doodle. This mindless activity often leads you to what to
write about, so it really helps you either way.

How to Set Up Your Journal

Whether you have been journaling for a while and have lost your spark, or you are
brand new to the practice, one issue you might come across is getting confused on
what to write and where. While there are no rules you need to follow when it comes to
having a journal, some people find it easier to be dedicated to it when they have layouts
and templates that allow for better organization.

Separate it Into Sections

The first step to setting up your journal if you want it to be a little more organized is to
separate it into sections. Most journals just include a notebook with a certain number of
pages, but don’t have any type of dividers. If this is the type of journal you are using,
then you will need to create this organization on your own.

You might want to start by making a list of what you plan to journal about, so that you
can see if any specific categories jump out at you. For example, if you want to use the
journal for what you are thinking about daily, expressing gratitude, and working on your
personal goals, then you know you need at least 3 different sections for the journal.
Others might have more or less, depending on what your personal preferences are.

Add an Index and Page Numbers

While this is more commonly done in bullet journals, there is no reason you can’t do it
with your regular journal! A lot of times, you don’t know how many directions your
journal is going to take, and before long, you get your thoughts and ideas jumbled on
different pages. When it comes to looking for a specific page, it can take a long time and
get frustrating. This is why page numbers and using an index is handy.

Start numbering all your pages, then make a note of what that specific entry was about.
You can then add the subject or topic to the index at the beginning of your journal with
the page number, making it easy to reference later.

Consider Printable Pages

Another way to set up your journal and really have the pages organized is to use
printable pages. These can be those you put in different sections of your current journal,
or by having a journal in binder form, making it really easy to print anything you want
and to move pages around as needed.

There are many printables, both free and for a fee, that offer templates and prompts for
your journal. These are pages that are lined, with certain topics, daily journal pages
where you input how your day was, mood trackers, health pages, and so many more.

Have a Reason for Journaling

When you first start journaling, you tend to have a lot of motivation and inspiration for
writing. Maybe you were gifted a journal and want to use it, or you saw some of the
benefits of using one on a daily basis. The reason why you started isn’t as important as
finding reasons to continue doing it.

Here are some ways to figure out your reason for journaling, not just for starting, but
continuing to find your purpose. This will help you keep up with the activity and find new
ways to love it.

Figure Out WHY You Want to Journal

People often underestimate how important it is to figure out what your main objective is
with journaling. After all, everyone has a reason for wanting to get started, or just
wanting to improve their journaling skills. Maybe you want to get more clarity in your life,
you are tracking symptoms related to your physical or mental health, or you are trying to
have healthier morning routines for more productivity.

Consider why you started journaling, and what issues you are facing now. Why do you
want to get better? What is the purpose behind wanting to journal more often? These
reasons can help you understand yourself a little better, and keeping them in mind helps
motivate you to write in your journal more regularly.

Reasons Can Change as You Do

One of the most important things to remember is that you will change, and so will your
journaling process. That’s okay! As you consider your reasons for wanting to journal
and improve your journaling skills, remember that the reasons will change and grow as
you do. You get to new phases in your life, and suddenly it is less about wanting to
record your life, and more about a specific goal, or you have new reasons for wanting to
write in a journal every day. Continue adjusting your purpose for journaling and
remember that moving forward.

Why This is Important

Why does it matter if you know why you want to journal? It all comes down to motivation
and creating the right habits. Motivation is what drives you and encourages you to try
something new, or to come back to it after taking a break. But it is temporary, so you
need something lese to give you that extra push until it becomes a habit.

By understanding yourself and what reasons you have for journaling, you are able to
keep finding the drive to do it.

Add Creativity to the Journaling Experience

Journaling is all about creativity by writing your thoughts, feelings, plans, emotions, and anything else you want to get out of your head. There are many ways to use a journal, but it doesn’t always have to be writing alone. If you find that you get bored with this activity, one way to make it more interesting is by being more creative with it. Here are a few ways to do that.

Mix Up the Colors and Styles

An easy way to be more creative in your journal is simply to mix up the colors and designs of your pages. The great thing about this is that it can be done in any type of notebook or journal you are using. For example, if you have been writing in black pen, just switch to a different color or use colored pencils! It can be more of a challenge to write, which is a good thing. You use a different part of your brain, and it really encourages you to do more doodling and sketches at the same time.

You might also want to add other decorative elements, like using stickers on some pages, printing out photos that pertain to what you’re writing about, or using multi-media supplies like paints or charcoal to get your point across.

Try Some Fantasy Writing

Another way to get more creative with your journaling is to do fantasy writing. This can be anything and everything you want. Fantasy writing can just be writing about any dreams or long-term aspirations you have, it could be more of creative writing where you make up a little short story, or where you envision what your own life would have been like if you had made different choices.

This type of writing helps you to get outside your comfort zone and really tap into the creative part of your brain. It gives you a place to explore what is in your imagination and see where your words take you.

Add Doodle Pages

While you can definitely draw or doodle on any page in your journal, you might also want to have just some doodle pages. These are blank pages you use just for little sketches or drawings. Maybe you want to paint what you see in front of you, draw a scene of what your day was like, or spend a journaling session just doodling whatever comes to mind first. This is great practice to channel your creativity.

Proven Journal Techniques That Help You Heal for Your Self-Discovery

Do you constantly find yourself feeling anxious, depressed or run down? Even if you know the cause of these negative feelings, it can be difficult to know how to eliminate them. One thing you might want to try is journaling.

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Do you constantly find yourself feeling anxious, depressed or run down? Even if you know the cause of these negative feelings, it can be difficult to know how to eliminate them. One thing you might want to try is journaling.

Journaling has proven to be exceptionally effective at helping people to move on from whatever has been holding them back. Also referred to as “writing therapy”, keeping a regular journal can do wonders for your mental health.

So, if you’re looking to heal and move forward into a happier, more fulfilled life, below you’ll discover some proven journal techniques which can help. You will also discover more about journaling and its benefits.

Journaling and it’s benefits

Journaling is otherwise referred to as writing therapy and it’s well known for its extensive range of benefits. It works much like a diary, where you write down your thoughts and feelings each day.

However, unlike a diary, you also use the journal to analyze these thoughts and feelings. It is this which helps you to really connect with your inner self and work towards overcoming any negative thoughts and feelings which may be holding you back.

Another benefit of journaling is that it can also help you to become more mindful. Mindfulness has become an important tool for helping people to live a calmer, happier and more fulfilled life. It teaches you to live in the present, rather than dwelling on the past or worrying about the future.

The above are just two of the main benefits journaling delivers. The question is, how can you use it in order to gain these benefits?

Proven techniques you can follow

There’s a few proven journaling techniques you can follow to help you heal. Just some of them include:

Make sure you write every day When you’re just starting out with journaling, you may find you need to force yourself to write every day. Until you get used to it, it’s easy to forget or put off writing your thoughts and feelings down.

Like anything, journaling is a habit which you need to build-up. So, schedule some time to write in your journal every day. The more you do it, the easier you’ll find it to identify with how you feel. This in turn will help you to move forward and let go of any negative thoughts and feelings you’ve been carrying around.

Write freely and truthfully This is another thing which may take some practice. You may be used to bottling things up and holding back on how you truly feel. However, your journal isn’t going to help if you aren’t 100% truthful.

So, when you’re writing, just write whatever it is that comes into your head. It doesn’t have to follow a narrative or even make much sense. You can analyze what you’ve written afterwards. By writing freely you might just be surprised by the thoughts and feelings which come to the surface. It can be really freeing letting go of things you didn’t even realize were still bothering you.

Make sure you’re writing enough Although you shouldn’t have any set limits when journaling, it is a good idea to make sure you’re writing enough.

Try to write at least one full page each time you use the journal. That way, it will ensure you go into depth about your thoughts and feelings. If you don’t write enough, you’re going to find it difficult to use the journal for healing purposes.

If you follow the techniques above, you’ll be in a good position to heal and move forward. Analyze what you’ve written and try to look at it from a non-judgmental point of view. Even just the act of writing down your troubles can make a huge difference to how you feel. So, if you’re ready to start healing and living a more joyful life, follow the advice above and start journaling today.

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How to Use a Journal to Discover Yourself

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Keeping a journal is a fantastic way to get to know yourself. It reveals your deepest thoughts and feelings, helping you to really connect with who you are. You’ll discover things about yourself you never knew before and in turn this can help you to discover what you really want in life.

However, starting a journal can be pretty daunting. It’s difficult to know where to start and how to use it for self-discovery purposes. If you’re struggling, here you’ll learn more about how to use a journal to discover yourself.

Writing down your fears and doubts

There are numerous ways you can use a journal for self-discovery purposes. Using it to write down your fears and doubts is one of the best ways you can start.

The trouble with fears and doubts is, they can manifest into much bigger problems in your head. When you bottle things up, they can start to feel a whole lot worse than they really are. So, writing them down not only gets them out of your head, but it also gives you the opportunity to see what you can do to resolve them.

You can look at them more clearly once they’re written down in front of you. Explore where these fears and doubts come from, and try to look at them without judgement. You’ll be surprised just how much learn about yourself and your ability to overcome the fears and doubts in your life.

Write about your passions and the things you enjoy

Of course, it’s also important to write positively for self-discovery. If you focus purely on the negative, it’s not going to prove very helpful in the long-term. So, write about your passions and the things you actually enjoy.

You can also extend this to include a list of the things you’re grateful for. This helps you to start thinking more positively, automatically improving your mindset.

Identifying what you’re passionate about will help you discover what makes you tick. Once you know what makes you happy, you can resolve to do more of whatever that may be. You could also write down the things you were passionate about as a child. Getting in touch with your inner child can be a really joyful experience.

It could even be that you’ve neglected the things you’re passionate about. Reigniting your love for something could be just what you need to live a more fulfilled life.

Consider writing in the third person

Ok, so this may sound a little weird, but writing in the third person can actually really help you to come up with solutions to any existing problems you may be having. It distances you from the issue, enabling you to look at it from a totally different perspective.

Often, it’s possible to overcome situations and issues in life when you can see it from different angles. So, why not give it a go start writing in the third person for any issues you can’t seem to resolve. What advice would you give to someone in the same position?

This is a really useful exercise which can help you to identify new solutions to problems you’ve been having.

Use prompts to help you become more self-aware

If you really want to get to know yourself, there’s a few prompts you can use. For example, find one of your favorite inspirational quotes and then create an entire blog page about it.

You can also ask yourself questions such as “what do I feel is missing from my life?”. Any deep questions which require a well-thought-out response will help you to discover more about who you truly are.

Journaling has so many self-discovery benefits. The above are just a small selection of the most effective ways to use a journal for self-discovery purposes. Remember, the more you use the journal, the more you’ll discover about who you are.

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