How to write your daily journal?
This post is a conitnuation of our guide to journaling. We dig a little deeper into the finer nuances of journaling.
“When it comes to journaling, a person should gradually grow comfortable with penning down his thoughts, feelings, and emotions. Also, understanding that difficult emotions can surface during this process so they need to be mindful if the process is actually helping them or affecting them adversely.” - Ainey Aggarwal
“The most important point while Journaling is
- Being Truthful
- Expressing everything that’s going inside your mind, (by writing, drawing, in poetry form or picture form)
- Jotting points or topics which are making your head puzzled up.
- Writing & Reviewing: reviewing helps you to see the situation from different angles.
- Writing minute details.
All these points help me in journaling and sorting out my mind. I guess it will help others too.” - Anmol Varma
“Journaling is a form of self-talk and it’s your own private space. Letting your words and thoughts flow freely, and expressing your emotions and feelings candidly is imperative. It’s so incredibly important to give yourself the time to resonate on all aspects of your day instead of bottling everything up.” - Sonia Udaikumar
“I believe it’s a great thing to keep in touch with your thoughts and so many things. I personally like to write down so many things like notes and random thoughts and it helps. The personal journal helps with keeping track of everything. The improvements, the mess, the high and lows of life.” - Akshima Singla
“Journaling helps to pour out our feelings, express ourselves without any qualms. It gives a cathartic effect. Once it’s all poured in, the writer can read through it later and see which thoughts lead to what emotions and whether they serve rationally.
If not then with the help of a therapist, alternative thoughts can be replaced and the narrative can be changed. Doing this every day can help bring change in rebooting the thought patterns thereby bringing in a shift in personality.” - Amrita Achrekar
“The most important thing, when it comes to journaling, is offering yourself a safe space to reflect on what you are trying to process. It often serves as a helpful tool to map your emotional journey.” - Zarana Mithani.
“Journaling, an activity involving the expression of one’s inner self, an art of self-reflection, and a facilitator of perspective building. It is a channel through which an individual turns resilient, develops a calculative approach towards one’s thoughts, actions and behaviors.
As part of activity or homework assignment to the clients under therapy, journaling acts as an advantageous intervention in accomplishing therapeutic goals viz. Behavioral and attitudinal change, enhance coping, facilitating decision-making, personal development, etc. to name a few. Scientific research supporting the beneficial impacts of journaling concludes that it helps in increasing performance, enhancing both physical and psychological health, reducing emotional distress, and improving well-being after traumatic events.
What can be journaled? The answer is anything and everything that helps. One should journal the problems encountered, the destructive thoughts, the future self, etc. It helps in keeping track, planning, and reviewing the day, jotting ideas, and building an outlook.
One of the key precursors to journaling is that one must journal forgetting all the rules and boundaries. The flow should be free-floating and unbiased. Journaling has the inherent purpose of gaining insight, reflection, clarity, realizations, getting rid of baggage, learning, and finally transformation.
Adapting the habit of journaling can make the stormy sea easier to surf. A shift of focus from unhealthy to a healthy lifestyle can be witnessed by acquiring the habit of journaling.” - Mansi Shukla.
“I have personally been journaling since I was 13 years old and it has really helped develop my ability to reflect on my own memories and also my emotions.
Through the years I’ve realized that journaling can be so essential. Since it can be a gateway to yourself, finding yourself, affirming yourself, and just being more aware of your day-to-day triggers, and thought patterns. In fact, it helps us become more mindful, helps calm us down, helps memory and reflective abilities, clarifies our thoughts and feelings better, helps us develop a stronger sense of self - knowing how we feel and think about things, and also helps us reduce stress, and anxiety.
The common struggle with mental health is that you feel like no one understands you or you have a hard time expressing yourself. And that’s where journaling comes in, it gives you a way to express yourself. You can say whatever you feel like, it doesn’t have to be concise, it doesn’t have to be fully formulated yet; you can just write.” - Mansi Shukla
“Thank you for reaching out. My experience with Journaling says that one should keep a few things in mind when Journaling- interest in the written word, need for structure, expectations from Journaling.
This means evaluating whether you are someone who likes to write or finds solace in it. Any technique and practice can only work when the person finds some interest in it.
Secondly, look for whether you prefer to go with the flow while writing or like to have prompts and structures.
Lastly, not forcing the length of journaling and focusing on what it feels to do so. It could be a line and a page but the most important is how your experience of Journaling is.” - Himani Kulkarni
“Journalling helps identify repetitive thought, feeling & behavior patterns. Writing the daily life script helps to distance from problem by putting in an observer’s position.
Listing the strengths reinforces self-acceptance. Journaling also gets into the habit of tracking the positive events in their life.” - Preeti Somani.
“The most important thing to me when it comes to journaling is that it should be done in a very uninhibited manner. One must not think a lot about the grammar, punctuation, spellings, etc., or even if a lot of what they are writing is making total sense at that moment!
The idea is to express your thoughts and feelings and there is no set universal format for that. People should start journaling and eventually, they will find the style that suits them, comforts them, and helps them in the way they want.” - Shireen Dhar
‘The most important thing to me when it comes to journaling is being honest and transparent about feelings, emotions, and also consistency.’ - Sahithi Mannar
“The most important thing about journaling is that it helps to make the vague thoughts and feelings more concrete. This gives clarity for self-work”. - Nilom Shah
“Journaling helps a person identify the triggers. The most important thing which would link to the practice of habitual Journaling is the emotional upheavals and their regulations. When identified in the process whether oneself or with help of a therapist can make a difference on the way we react to the same problem which initially would have disturbed us.” - Aryan Dhiman
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