How to Start Journaling: Getting Started

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  2. What are the Benefits of Journaling?
  3. How to Start Journaling
  4. Conclusion

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What are the Benefits of Journaling?

{"blocks":[{"key":"59emb","text":"Lots of people start the habit of journaling without actually knowing what they’re doing. As teenagers, many of us kept a diary hidden where we wrote our dreams or fears and confessed our emotions without fearing being judged. Some of us also use the note app on the smartphone to write down our thoughts. ","type":"unstyled","depth":0,"inlineStyleRanges":[{"offset":0,"length":306,"style":"color-rgb(0,0,0)"},{"offset":0,"length":306,"style":"bgcolor-transparent"},{"offset":0,"length":306,"style":"fontsize-11pt"},{"offset":0,"length":306,"style":"fontfamily-Arial"}],"entityRanges":[],"data":{}},{"key":"aes8l","text":"In simple words, journaling is the act of writing down your feelings and thoughts to understand them better and help your mind process them. According to medical research, journaling actually has lots of cool benefits. ","type":"unstyled","depth":0,"inlineStyleRanges":[{"offset":0,"length":219,"style":"color-rgb(0,0,0)"},{"offset":0,"length":219,"style":"bgcolor-transparent"},{"offset":0,"length":219,"style":"fontsize-11pt"},{"offset":0,"length":219,"style":"fontfamily-Arial"}],"entityRanges":[],"data":{}},{"key":"9aqa4","text":"It reduces stress and helps you deal with anxiety as you put your fears in a tangible form, so you can better assess their intensity. ","type":"unordered-list-item","depth":0,"inlineStyleRanges":[{"offset":0,"length":134,"style":"color-rgb(0,0,0)"},{"offset":0,"length":134,"style":"bgcolor-transparent"},{"offset":0,"length":134,"style":"fontsize-11pt"},{"offset":0,"length":134,"style":"fontfamily-Arial"}],"entityRanges":[],"data":{}},{"key":"8223i","text":"It’s a great way of coping with depression as you let out the negative feelings instead of bottling them up. ","type":"unordered-list-item","depth":0,"inlineStyleRanges":[{"offset":0,"length":109,"style":"color-rgb(0,0,0)"},{"offset":0,"length":109,"style":"bgcolor-transparent"},{"offset":0,"length":109,"style":"fontsize-11pt"},{"offset":0,"length":109,"style":"fontfamily-Arial"}],"entityRanges":[],"data":{}},{"key":"2edue","text":"By writing your journal, you can actually prioritize your thoughts and emotions as you put things into perspective to see what really matters. ","type":"unordered-list-item","depth":0,"inlineStyleRanges":[{"offset":0,"length":143,"style":"color-rgb(0,0,0)"},{"offset":0,"length":143,"style":"bgcolor-transparent"},{"offset":0,"length":143,"style":"fontsize-11pt"},{"offset":0,"length":143,"style":"fontfamily-Arial"}],"entityRanges":[],"data":{}},{"key":"b56nq","text":"It helps you understand and control your triggers. As you journal regularly, you’ll be able to learn more about your triggers and how to avoid them. ","type":"unordered-list-item","depth":0,"inlineStyleRanges":[{"offset":0,"length":149,"style":"color-rgb(0,0,0)"},{"offset":0,"length":149,"style":"bgcolor-transparent"},{"offset":0,"length":149,"style":"fontsize-11pt"},{"offset":0,"length":149,"style":"fontfamily-Arial"}],"entityRanges":[],"data":{}},{"key":"auf42","text":"It’s an excellent way to set and achieve your goals. By being organized, you’ll feel less overwhelmed when you’re trying to think about your future. ","type":"unordered-list-item","depth":0,"inlineStyleRanges":[{"offset":0,"length":149,"style":"color-rgb(0,0,0)"},{"offset":0,"length":149,"style":"bgcolor-transparent"},{"offset":0,"length":149,"style":"fontsize-11pt"},{"offset":0,"length":149,"style":"fontfamily-Arial"}],"entityRanges":[],"data":{}},{"key":"47sjg","text":"Journaling and other forms of expressive writing can literally strengthen your immune system as you let all the negativity out. Stress can mess up your hormonal balance, which affects your immunity negatively. Since journaling will help you manage stress, you’ll feel more active and generally healthier. ","type":"unordered-list-item","depth":0,"inlineStyleRanges":[{"offset":0,"length":305,"style":"color-rgb(0,0,0)"},{"offset":0,"length":305,"style":"bgcolor-transparent"},{"offset":0,"length":305,"style":"fontsize-11pt"},{"offset":0,"length":305,"style":"fontfamily-Arial"}],"entityRanges":[],"data":{}},{"key":"c7cc0","text":"Journaling can help you discover your talent as a writer. It also allows you to improve your writing as you become better at expressing your feelings and emotions. ","type":"unordered-list-item","depth":0,"inlineStyleRanges":[{"offset":0,"length":163,"style":"color-rgb(0,0,0)"},{"offset":0,"length":163,"style":"bgcolor-transparent"},{"offset":0,"length":163,"style":"fontsize-11pt"},{"offset":0,"length":163,"style":"fontfamily-Arial"}],"entityRanges":[],"data":{}}],"entityMap":{}}

How to Start Journaling

{"blocks":[{"key":"aa1lo","text":"For these reasons, practicing journaling can be a great way to put your life on the right track. This is why you need to establish and stick to a healthy routine that allows you to enjoy the amazing benefits of journaling. Here are the best tips and tricks. ","type":"unstyled","depth":0,"inlineStyleRanges":[{"offset":0,"length":258,"style":"color-rgb(0,0,0)"},{"offset":0,"length":258,"style":"bgcolor-transparent"},{"offset":0,"length":258,"style":"fontsize-11pt"},{"offset":0,"length":258,"style":"fontfamily-Arial"}],"entityRanges":[],"data":{}},{"key":"36ts2","text":"Pick the time that feels right. Some people enjoy writing their journals before they get out of bed as they set their affirmations for the day, while others prefer to journal at the end of the day as a recap. 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Although there’s something special about using a pen to write down your thoughts, having an app where you can pour out your thoughts can be more convenient. ","type":"unordered-list-item","depth":0,"inlineStyleRanges":[{"offset":0,"length":185,"style":"color-rgb(0,0,0)"},{"offset":0,"length":185,"style":"bgcolor-transparent"},{"offset":0,"length":185,"style":"fontsize-11pt"},{"offset":0,"length":185,"style":"fontfamily-Arial"}],"entityRanges":[],"data":{}},{"key":"dlbhq","text":"Writing down in a notebook will give your brain a break, especially if you’re working on a screen all day long. However, an app can help you if you’re unable to keep up with the practice or don’t have your notebook throughout the day. 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There’s no right or wrong when it comes to journaling, as you can keep it emotional or go for a funny style. There are several fun prompts that you can find on the internet to help you get started. ","type":"unordered-list-item","depth":0,"inlineStyleRanges":[{"offset":0,"length":236,"style":"color-rgb(0,0,0)"},{"offset":0,"length":236,"style":"bgcolor-transparent"},{"offset":0,"length":236,"style":"fontsize-11pt"},{"offset":0,"length":236,"style":"fontfamily-Arial"}],"entityRanges":[],"data":{}},{"key":"4pih","text":"Don’t be shy to include verses of your own poetry or write down your favorite quotes. You can talk in the first or third person if it makes you feel more comfortable. 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In this case, you can start with gratitude and write about the things you’re thankful for. In most cases, this is enough to help you overcome your writer’s block. ","type":"unordered-list-item","depth":0,"inlineStyleRanges":[{"offset":0,"length":296,"style":"color-rgb(0,0,0)"},{"offset":0,"length":296,"style":"bgcolor-transparent"},{"offset":0,"length":296,"style":"fontsize-11pt"},{"offset":0,"length":296,"style":"fontfamily-Arial"}],"entityRanges":[],"data":{}},{"key":"2tufa","text":"Change your environment. If you don’t feel comfortable about writing in your current room, change the scenery. You can grab a chair and sit on the balcony, or even take a walk in the park and sit under the trees. The change can help your thoughts flow. 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Conclusion

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