Journaling may feel like a relic of your teenage years, but writing down racing thoughts, strange feelings and intimate struggles is just as relevant now. In fact, as we get older and our lives get more complex, journaling becomes even more important.
Journaling can improve mental wellness and awareness
Through the simple act of writing down your thoughts, studies have shown journaling is an excellent way to process complex emotions linked to anxiety, stress, and depression. Writing down your thoughts can help make sense of unhelpful feelings and emotions that take up residence in your mind.
A form of mental organisation, the practice of journal writing works by helping you visualise issues to make sense of how they work, or find common threads in problems. This increased self-awareness makes journaling a reliable and rewarding healthy mental practice.
Good journaling habits are easy to develop
Not knowing how to start journaling is a completely natural feeling. After all, unloading all your thoughts and feelings onto a page isn’t always easy.
Thankfully, it’s as easy as it sounds on paper. And once you learn to familiarise yourself with and develop mindfulness through journaling, it’ll become a natural part of your routine over time.
Here are a few tips to help you begin your journaling journey:
When you’re getting started, dedicating a few minutes a day can help you form the journaling habit. Then when the habit is established, you can develop a schedule that works for you.
If writing down your thoughts for five minutes every day before bed works for you, great! But if you prefer to dedicate a day every now and then to unload things as they bubble up, then go for it.
Simplify your journaling practice
If you’re often scrambling to find a notebook when issues arise, you’ll be less inclined to regularly journal. This is when a digital journal on a phone or tablet can be beneficial. If you’d rather stick to a notebook, make sure to keep one in an obvious spot along with a pen.
There’s no right way to do it
Don’t feel like you should write about certain topics or to any structure – your journaling is about whatever you want or need it to be. You could even draw pictures! And because journaling is only for you, forget editing what you write. Spellcheck doesn’t have a place in journaling, so just write whatever comes without judgement.
Ready to start journaling?
Along with mindfulness meditation, journaling is a healthy mental practice that – when applied regularly – can improve overall wellness, awareness, presence, and wakefulness. In short, it’s the ideal way to learn more about yourself and eke out ways you can approach life more positively.
Journaling isn’t a holistic approach to mental health, though. In conjunction with a physical wellness routine, you’ll be doing your body and mind a favour all-round. Interested to learn how getting active at Virgin Active can have a major impact on your wellness? Book a tour today to discover our extraordinary experiences!