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How to Start a Journaling Practice for a Better You

Did you keep a diary when you were a kid? You probably did, but stopped once you grew up. However, keeping a journal has many positive benefits. It can help you de-stress, help you learn more about yourself, help you with personal growth and development and even make you happier over time. It has also been proven to improve mental and physical health. If you are going through a hard time, writing can also help you with the healing process.

So how do you start a journaling practice? Here are some tips:

  1. Get a journal, of course! Pick one that you love and looks beautiful to you and makes you want to write in it. You can also write on your computer or try a journaling app on your phone if you prefer technology.
  2. Try a gratitude practice. Write down 3 (or more) things you are grateful for each morning and evening. At first, this can seem difficult. But the more you do it, the more you’ll find little things to be grateful for and your mood should improve.
  3. Start writing about where you are in life at this very moment. Think about where you want to be and how you want to get there. This can help you create plans and goals for a more fulfilling life.
  4. Write a “stream of consciousness”. This means to just write whatever comes in your brain. Try a time limit of 5-10 minutes and free write. Don’t worry about what you’re writing or spelling or grammar. Just write out your thoughts and feelings and see what comes up. You might be surprised.
  5. Keep a log. This log can be anything you want it to be. You can keep track of your moods, your favorite songs, your successes of the week, etc. Try a few until you find one that is best for you.
  6. Try a nature diary. If you love nature and need help living in the present moment, take some time in nature and record the things you notice, feel, see and hear.
  7. Try your hand at poetry or drawing. Journals aren’t just for writing. Anything artistic that you love to do can help you de-stress.
  8. Write a letter to yourself or others. You don’t even have to send them. If you are feeling frustrated about a person or situation, get all of your feelings out and either send it or just burn it! You can also write a letter to yourself and save it for a few years later. How cool will it be to see where you were years ago when you finally open it?

Do you keep a journal? Share a picture of your favorite journal! Has it helped you to maintain a calm, positive attitude? Share with us!

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Lauren Stewart
By: Lauren Stewart

Lauren Stewart is a freelancer writer from Michigan. She enjoys writing about beauty, health and fitness! She is passionate about learning new ways to take control of her health and wellness and is a makeup and skincare junkie! You can contact her by emailing