Journaling | 5 steps to start



DID YOU KNOW?


Journaling for 15-20 minutes a day has proven health benefits.

  1. Clarify your thoughts and feelings. Do you ever seem all jumbled up inside, unsure of what you want or feel? Taking a few minutes to jot down your thoughts and emotions (no editing!) will quickly get you in touch with your internal world.

  2. Reduce stress. Writing about anger, sadness and other painful emotions helps to release the intensity of these feelings. By doing so you will feel calmer and better able to stay in the present.

  3. Know yourself better. By writing routinely you will get to know what makes you feel happy and confident. You will also gain clarity on situations and people.

  4. Inspire creativity. The act of writing accesses your left brain, which is analytical and rational. While your left brain is occupied, your right brain is free to create, be intuitive and feel. In sum, writing removes mental blocks and allows you to use all of your brainpower.


WHAT STOPS YOU FROM JOURNALING?


I struggled creating a routine journal practice for myself. I'd blame having time, being unsure on what to write or not having anything "worthy" to write about. I would spend my time journaling justifying and explaining myself...to myself! Any of this sound familiar?


It wasn't until I incorporated a little self-love, a little grace to just be myself and journal prompts into my practice that I was able to create a regular journal practice.

  • A little reminder that it's practice, not perfect.

  • I am not writing for anyone other than myself

  • I started using journal prompts and brain dumbs!


GETTING STARTED


  • Pick a journaling tool of choice

Physical journal or digital (there are apps or you can even use the notes section, word doc or google drive doc!)

  • Intentionally set aside 5-10 minutes to journal

This can be in the morning, evening, with coffee, before bed or at lunch. I like bringing my journal with me to class to journal before my yoga practice

  • Create a space that is comfortable, calming and free from distractions

Put your phone on do not disturb and find a place that inspires you

  • Utilize journal prompts

Journal prompts get you thinking and puts your mind in a space of reflection. It also takes the pressure off of finding something to write about

  • Start...don't over think it!

Allow yourself to write opening and feely without judgement. Sometimes this is easier said than done, but that's why it's a practice!


TRY IT OUT


  1. Who inspires you and why?

  2. What is going well in your life right now and why?

  3. How are you feeling in this moment?

  4. What are you grateful for today and why?

  5. What is one thing you want out of your day tomorrow?


Like printables? Print out your journal prompt guide here.



Namaste,

Kylea

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