Journaling has become a staple routine in my life. I believe journaling can benefit many people who lack self love. When I journal it is almost as if I am having a conversation, I am making plans, and determining goals with myself. If you are the type of person who finds it difficult to talk about your emotions and feelings then journaling can help with that too. Journaling is also a great way to unburden yourself of the many thoughts you might have. Below are some of the ways I journal, but there really is no correct way to journal. Just find a way that works for you and is geared toward how you would like to improve yourself.
- I reflect on the previous day. If I had a good day I will write about why it was good and how I can make it happen again. If it was a bad day, I write about what might have caused it, and how I was responsible for having one, and how I can prevent whatever had caused the bad day in the future.
- I write about how I am feeling. I think this one is very helpful for the fellas. Sometimes it’s hard for us to talk about how we really feel inside because of the society we live in. Journaling can be that outlet to talk about how you feel. Writing about how you feel will give you almost the same relief you feel when you actually speak about your emotions.
- I write down my goals. Sometimes I’ll write down my goals just for that day. By doing this you set an intention for the day instead of moving through the day aimlessly. I will also write down my long term goals. This will help you clarify what you actually want out of life instead of letting the years pass with nothing to show for it. Your goals have to be what YOU actually want, not what society has made you think your goals should be. When you write your goals down, it brings them one small step closer to reality. The goals started out as thoughts in your head, but after writing them you have brought them into reality in a way.
- I make plans. This one ties into the goal setting. Once I have my goal for the day, I will write out how I plan to accomplish that goal. Same thing for the long term goals, I will write down how I plan to achieve them and what I can do on THAT DAY to get me one step closer to that goal. If you fail to plan, you plan to fail.
- Gratitude. This one is cheesy and everyone says to do it, but I still think it is important. I write down three things I am grateful for. Don’t always make them super obvious like “I’m grateful for my dog,” try to find gratitude in the things that are hard for you like “I am grateful that my partner and I fought today because it showed me where I have weakness and now I can work on it.” I think doing that will help you out when times are tough because it will always make you look for something to be grateful for.
That’s it, that’s how I journal and if you read this far, thank you so much! I hope you got something out of this. If you have any questions email me (email@example.com) or DM me on Instagram and check out my YouTube channel for training videos!