Life Lessons I Learned From Journaling

There’s nothing better than opening up a new journal and the feeling of starting on a fresh new page. I have been journaling for about 2 years now. I initially started journaling because of my need to express the emotions I was feeling. I have been battling anxiety for years now and I’ve tried many coping mechanisms but none of them have been as beneficial to me as journaling.  Journaling shouldn’t be seen as terrifying and time-consuming but instead enjoyable. It can be hard to find time to sit and write. It was hard for me to get into the groove of journaling. Like any hobby I’ve ever done, I enjoy it for a few days and then I move on and forget all about it. I’m glad to say that I have turned this hobby into an activity that I anticipate and that brings me joy. I was speaking to someone recently about my anxiety, and the idea of doing something for yourself came up. She taught me to dedicate some time to myself. That can be very daring as a college student. It feels like there isn’t enough time in a day to complete all my assignments. But she gave me a greater perspective on how to spend my time wisely and to have a much more positive attitude on journaling. 

 

Here are some tips if you want to start journaling but don’t know how to start. I like to write at the end of the day. It allows me to recap what happened throughout the day and gives me an awareness of what I did today and who I spent the day with. At first, I started writing a gratitude journal where I would write three things I was grateful for every day. This taught me to be appreciative of not just myself but others in my life. I learned to appreciate the little things in life. Another tip is to think of journaling as if you were talking to a friend. Talk about your day, the challenges you faced, the victories you won. Know that this friend won’t judge you. This is your safe space. Another tip is to grab a notebook and a pen and start writing. You must take the initiative and start. Let your mind free. Know that these thoughts are yours and that your thoughts are valid. I hope that this encouraged you to pick up and notebook and start writing. Happy writing!