Journaling is a powerful tool. It can be used in many different areas of life to help you grow, learn and figure out why you may be stuck.

Journaling is more than just a tool to sort through your emotions, it can help you figure out why you are struggling. Uncover limiting beliefs and begin the work of getting the life you want.

You are in the right place if you are ready to learn how to journal, or how to make your current journaling more effective.

Ready to start journaling but are not sure how to start. And not just start but be successful in journaling. To ensure you are making it worth your time. I have been right where you are at. I have been journaling off and on for 20+ years. The last five of which have been productive. What made

How to Start Journaling

What are the Benefits of Journaling?

The benefits are numerous. Including everything from achieving goals faster to healing emotional wounds. The sheer amount of benefits from journaling is why it is my favorite tools.  Just a few for you to see the benefits of journaling:

Better Understand Emotions

Studies have shown it reduces activity in your Amygdala, which is where emotions are processed.

Improved Physical Health

Journaling can help reduce stress, thus improving your health on multiple fronts. Including improved immune functioning. Additionally research has shown that when used to deal with past emotional wounds it can decrease visits to health centers.

Better Sleep

Doing a brain dump before bed has been shown to shorten how long it takes you to fall asleep. And sleep also helps use in many other areas of our health.

Faster Self Discovery

Journaling is a great way to explore and learn about yourself. The more you know about how and why you do what you do, the sooner you reach your goals.

Problem Solving

Writing is a great way to brainstorm and solve problems. It allows you to step back and explore a problem from different perspectives. It also engages your subconscious in this process.

Emotional Release

Sometimes you just need to vent, and journaling is a great safe space to do so. When we don't let our emotions out they end up causing health issues. So better to vent on paper than keep them inside!

More Journaling Benefits

If you want more detailed research on some of the benefits of journaling I recommend the book Opening Up by Writing It Down. While the focus is on the emotional release aspect they do also cover health and other benefits.

Journaling Articles

Weekly Journal Prompts

Get a journal prompt every Monday to make your journaling more productive!

What to Journal About

This is the best part of journaling. You can write about anything.

Here are just a few of the things that you can journal about:

  • Dreams you had the night before
  • New business ideas
  • Your feelings
  • Your goals
  • What you need right now - emotionally, physically, mentally, and spiritually!

The options are endless, and they are all beneficial.

Still stuck on what to write about in your journal? Here is a list I made of the most common types of journals. These will give you an idea of more topics that you can journal on.

Journaling FAQ

See the most asked questions

Should I keep my journals

This is a personal preference. You have a few options.

1. Destroy them immediately. Do this if you fear someone will see it, or you are simply using journaling as a venting tool.

2. Save for a while then destroy. I used to do this when I first started. I would finish a journal. Save it for about a year, re-read it and then destroy it.

3. Keep them permanently. This is where I have moved to now. Mainly because I go back and look for things like journal prompts and lessons I have learned. Also because there are so many great lessons in them, I don't want to lose them.

Should i re-read my entries

I love re-reading my journals. I do this at two different times.

1. Before starting to journal, I will sometimes re-read the last couple entries. This is for a couple reasons. Sometimes there are great insights you get after the fact. Reviewing helps you gather more from one session.

2. A year or two later. I love to do this to see how far I have come. It helps keep me motivated and excited to continue with my  emotional healing work.

What is the Difference Between Journaling and a Diary?

There are many types of journaling, that go beyond a diary. A diary is recording your thoughts and feelings. With journaling you can use it for more things. For example a travel journal where you log what you see and do.

For more on different types of journaling check out my article on some of the most common types.   Types of Journals

Should I Date my entries

Having a time frame is beneficial if you plan on keeping your journals. If you don't plan on keeping them, it is less important.

You can either date them every time you write. Or what I do is write the start date of the journal on the front page. Then when I am done, I write the end date on the same page. I do this because, I will often journal a couple times a day and sometimes forget to date it.

Can journaling be bad

For the most part no. However, there are times when it is wise to take a break. When you are working on a highly emotional problem, it might trigger feelings that are overwhelming. If you suddenly have a negative mood shift. Stop, take a break and come back later. It may help in between sessions to meditate about what you uncover so you can deal with your emotions.

Journaling Courses & More

Below are some short courses I have created on journaling.

Journaling Techniques for Beginners

10 day course for beginners. Covering techniques, how to get started and overcome blocks. Course is currently available on Insight Timer.

Custom Guided journals

I am working on creating specific journals for topics such as moon rituals, self discovery and sleep. Check out my currently finished journals, plus a book full of journal prompts. Guided Journals

Weekly Journal Prompts

Get a journal prompt every Monday to make your journaling more productive! Includes tips on how to approach writing about it!

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