I have a bit (okay a huge) love for stationary so maybe part of this is more pleasing to me then anyone else but in reality journaling is definetly an act of self love. Taking some time to sit down with our thoughts.
Journaling can be done a number of different ways. Sometimes I write just to get things flowing if I feel stuck in a decision. Sometimes it's to brainstorm ideas. Sometimes it to find what it is I really want. So...... I have like 10 coiled notebooks. It's almost a problem really.
I have a journal for gratitude and positive affirmations. Sometimes it's daily and sometimes I go weeks without writing anything in it. I come to it when I'm happy and when I'm sad. Actually putting pen to paper about all the things in your life you have and are grateful for really puts things into perspective. Also, as time goes by and I look back at what I have been grateful for is also a beautiful reminder.
I have a journal for each child and my husband too. I write them letters randomly (usually birthdays and random months in between). I hope to give them to them when they are full and older. It helps me ground and reconnect with my family. Taking a moment to revel in our love.
Among my journals I also have one that thoughts just go. Without judgement of myself. I allow myself to write without holding back thoughts, whether they be uncomfortable or wonderful. I find this one is best to write in at the end of the day. After going through the paces of the day and experiences and feelings and thoughts and sort of "dumping it" before going into sleep and not taking it into the next day.
Sooooooo, you want to journal now maybe? A few options I suggest and you can find what works for you.
- Coil notebook. My personal favourite for everyday crap. Big pages and easy writing.
- Fancy journals. I have nice journals for the ones I write to my girls and husband. Since i'm hoping they stick around for the years. They can be a paint o write in a bit, but I usually take me time writing these anyways.
- Type it out. As you could maybe tell another form of my journaling is typing. Writing my blog. You can totally start your own blog, there are many options for free sites. Or maybe you just like typing into a word document.
- And finally, voice memos on your phone. I actually do this one a bit too. It's more when I have thoughts or ideas I want to explore further but I am not home to write. Or have the time to sit down and write. I go back to some memos and blow my own mind all over again.
Whatever form(s) of journaling you like, this week try it a bit. Being able to unload the crap we walk around with can sort of help "declutter" the mind leaving us a little more relaxed and calm.
Jen The Bitchin' Housewife