5 Things to Know About Mindful Journaling

Stressed? Depressed? Worried?

Research has shown that mindful journaling can help reduce stress, anxiety, and depression. It can also increase self-awareness, self-compassion, and positive emotions. Here are a few things to keep in mind about mindful journaling.

Are you mindful of your everyday life? It’s not uncommon to go through each day on autopilot… not realizing what you are doing… as if you’re using cruise control. Being more mindful is a learning curve for so many, so you might need a little time to get the hang of it. Learning to be mindful is great for not only your mental and emotional health, but your physical health as well. 

To help explain mindful journaling a little better, just think of it like yoga for the mind without the physical activity. It’s the way you clear your mind, it’s how you learn to focus on yourself, and it’s how you learn who you are. 

Being mindful simply means that you’re being present in your own life. It’s taking deliberate time to focus on how you feel, what’s going on around you, and what’s happening in your life. Mindful journaling is deliberate and helpful in so many ways. Being mindful helps you learn how to appreciate the little things in life and helps you learn how to better react to situations. It also helps you clear your mind of a ton of stress and discontent.

Here’s What You Need To Know About Mindful Journaling:

1. This Style of Journaling Is Very Deliberate

It won’t come easily to you at first. You might not sit down and find yourself able to write mindful thoughts right away. You might find yourself struggling for a few days or weeks until you grow accustomed to this style of writing. You might be confused or unsure what to write. It’s extremely important that you make the time to learn how to be more mindful by writing in your journal daily.

2. It’s Messy 

Most people seem to have the idea that a mindfulness journal is neat, tidy, well put together, and clean. The reality is that it’s anything but neat.

A mindfulness journal is messy because your mind is messy. You can’t write down how you feel and what you feel in a nice and tidy manner. Your mind is a jumbled mess of thoughts, feelings, and things. Your journal is going to reflect that jumbled mess of thoughts and feelings. Don’t worry about how disorganized it is.

Don’t focus on clean thoughts and writing. Focus on what you feel. 

3. You Must Be Honest

The one thing you should know about mindfulness journaling is that it’s all about honesty. This kind of journal won’t work if you’re not honest with yourself. If mindful journaling is going to be effective, you can’t sugarcoat how you feel, what you’re thinking, or what you’re going through in this season of your life. Since nobody should read the journal but you, you don’t have to hide your real emotions or feelings in an attempt to appear to be a perfect human being with a perfect life. Feel free to be yourself, open, and free while journaling.

The purpose of a mindful journal is to help you clear your mind. If you’re spending so much time organizing your thoughts and lying to yourself about your life or feelings, you’re not being honest about how you feel and why you feel that way. Now is the time to focus on doing things that work for you in terms of being honest.

Being honest can be difficult, but it’s not impossible. You can do it. It won’t be easy to be this raw with yourself right away, but you’ll get better with it over time. 

4. Don’t Forget To Be Optimistic

Your mind might not be filled with happy thoughts every single day, but it’s really helpful to include some happy thoughts in your journaling each day. We’re all human and it’s not uncommon to have some days where you really have to search to find the good in your day. Even on the difficult days, the hope and gratitude is there if you know where to look. Even if 95% of your journal on any particular day is negative, find at least one good thing to be hopeful and optimistic about.

Whether you’re happy about having a cup of coffee in the morning, a hot shower when you get home from work, or your children are happy, write the good things down.

5. It’s Great For Stress Relief

Being mindful is good for your mind, soul, and body. Using a mindfulness journal each day can help you release stress. Your May not realize how much your body tenses when you go through difficult times or feel stressed. When you write those things down and get them out of your mind, you’re able to clear the stress and tension from your body. 

Being mindful takes time to learn. You won’t be perfect the first day, but it’s all right to mess up and learn as you go. Everyone starts out as a novice when it comes to being mindful, but you can make it a habit and learn to apply this to your life each day. A journal is a wonderful way to start making positive changes in your life.

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