Has someone ever recommended journaling (maybe it was us!) and you thought, nope, not for me! I don’t have time for that! Or That will never work!
We get it.
If you haven’t journaled before (or it’s been a while), it may seem like just another item on your to-do list that won’t get done.
But hear us out. If you do one thing this year to make your life better, we really think you should try journaling.
That’s because it doesn’t have to be a huge time commitment (no pressure to start an elaborate “Bullet” journal here). In fact, journaling can take just five minutes of your day. And there isn’t just one type of journaling — you can find the right fit that matches your style (and schedule!).
Plus, the benefits of journaling are endless. Writing down your feelings, hopes and dreams can lower your stress and anxiety by helping to release those negative thoughts that often run rampant in our minds (you know, the “I’m not good enough” or “I’m never going to get what I want” kind).
Journaling can also help us visualize our goals, and stay on track to reach them. So why not get started today?
Consider trying one of our three favorite ways to journal below. And just know that there’s no right or wrong way — you can come up with whatever method works for you.
- Go for gratitude. Each night, write down three things you feel grateful for. You can elaborate on each or keep it really simple with just a mini list (cuddles with your fur baby, yummy take-out dinner, warm hugs).
- Let your mind wander. Block off 10 minutes a day to write down whatever it is that comes to mind — your feelings about the day or goals for the future. Write about nothing, or everything, whatever pops into your head, jot it down. Don’t judge yourself for any of it either.
- Doodle away. You don’t have to be an artist to get into this type of journaling (plus, no one will see it but you!). Simply sketch how you’re feeling or what’s inspiring you at the moment (the snow, your morning coffee).
Whatever journaling style you choose, know that it’s the right one because it works for you. And after a week or two of journaling, we have no doubt you’ll feel more contentment and less stress.
Cheers to a thoughtful new year!
Emily and the EveryDay Happy Team
P.S. Want help reaching your goals and experiencing more joy, self-love and ease? There’s still time to sign up for One-on-One Life Coaching, One-on-One Business Coaching, and our new Goal-Getters small group coaching program.
Speaking of journals … we’re big fans of these self-love journals designed to help you practice self-care and self-compassion. Yes and yes!
Quote du jour
“Documenting little details of your everyday life becomes a celebration of who you are.”
— Carolyn V. Hamilton
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