How to Start a Journal Practice

by gabimaudiere | December 3, 2019 | All the Rest, On Our Radar, Stationery
journal practice

Keeping a journal can often feel tedious, and perhaps even lonesome. What’s the point of writing something down when no one will ever read it? It’s for those precise qualities however that a consistent journal practice can also be incredibly therapeutic. Writing our emotions out on paper can help relieve stress that builds internally. In addition, a journal practice is a healthy outlet to let go of built-up tension throughout the day.

 

Whether you’ve had no desire to start a journal until today – or you’ve been keeping one consistently throughout the years, we want to share a few tips on how to maintain a thriving journal practice to see you through these colder months.

Establish a Time of Day

Picking out a specific time of day to sit down with your journal can hold you accountable to actually writing in it. It doesn’t have to be exactly the same time everyday but try and work out if you’re more likely to write first thing in the morning versus the last thing at night. Perhaps you’ll find that come 3:30, when you’re on your way to pour more coffee, you have an extra ten minutes to jot some thoughts down.

One Sentence is Better Than No Sentence

Take all the pressure off when it comes to how much you actually want to write. Release yourself of the preconception that you must write Austen worthy prose in your journal. One sentence describing how you feel is better than no sentence. Maintaining a journal practice is about building consistency. There will be times when the words come easily, and other times just a couple lines will suffice.

Start With a Few Prompts

Sometimes is the case that a journal practice is thwarted by an inability to think of anything to write. In that is so, start with a few prompts to get you going.

  • What is something you’re proud of?
  • Is there something in your life that you’re working through right now emotionally?
  • If you could write a letter to your younger self, what would you say?
  • If you could write a letter to yourself in 15 years, what would you say?

Use Color

Don’t be afraid to get creative with your journal! Incorporating color can be both a fun and imaginative way to express yourself. Even alternating from red, to blue to black can make your page visually stimulating, perhaps allowing you to tap into a new perspective.