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I’ll be honest, a few months ago journaling was something I did when I felt like it. I never set time aside for it until the last month. For the last month, I’ve written in my journal every day and I didn’t realise how much it helped me until I read back what I wrote just a month ago.
Having the space to be open and honest with myself, along with taking the time to think about my feelings, my dreams and what I’ve learned has created overall positive energy around me.
I found myself searching for “things to write in your journal” when I started out and there are endless things you can write. In my self-care calendar, you can find 100+ journal prompts and affirmations if you’re stuck for prompts.
In this post, I’ve decided to list the 6 things you can write in your journal, that I currently write about in my personal journal, to give you some ideas.
Goals for the day
Keep it simple, don’t think of life goals at this point. This is the first thing I do each morning, I grab my 2021 diary planner and I write out the things I want to achieve in that day. I like to keep it simple because I don’t want to overwhelm my brain with all these 5-year goals and the action plan required.
Some examples from my diary are:
- No junk food
- Download a new E-Book
- Create a new blog post
- Complete a 10-minute yoga stretch
I also tick these off the following morning, if I’ve managed to complete them. This is really effective because it gets my productivity flowing knowing that I can tick all these items off my list.
Also, I don’t go into much detail or explain how I’ll complete these goals, this part is just as simple as, this is what I want to achieve today.
I’ve talked a lot about affirmations in my previous posts and the positive effects they have on your confidence and I still stick by that. I’ve been doing affirmations for a while now and they make me feel amazing about myself.
I write out between 5-10 affirmations in the morning. I don’t have set things that I write out, I just think of the areas in my life that need some confidence juice.
Examples of different types of affirmations that I use are:
- Self-worth affirmations
- Money affirmations
- Motivational affirmations
- Gratitude (Reflecting on what I already have)
I then read these back to myself until they sink in. I visualise examples of how I prove these affirmations to be true. This can really help in giving yourself a positive boost of energy in the morning.
I also repeat the affirmations in the mirror if they aren’t sticking.
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Writing a letter to the universe (manifesting)
I have been manifesting for a few months, but I’ve just started to learn and practice the technique of writing a letter to the universe.
Usually, I would write out the things I dream of along with visualising them in my head. Recently, I have been writing a letter to the universe to tell it exactly what I want.
I have been finding this much more effective and it feels more natural to write. You can start the letter off by writing out 3-5 things you are grateful for that are already happening in your life. I like to write about my family, my job, my health, that sort of thing.
Then, I write out exactly what I want, when I want it and how it can be possible for me to achieve this.
This part takes the longest in my morning routine as I can sometimes get a little carried away with the detail, but the detail is key. Write out and tell the universe exactly what you want because you can’t get any more obvious than writing a letter to tell the universe explaining EXACTLY what you want.
I then read this through twice and I stop at each point and visualise myself having what I want. Things that I visualise are:
- What it would feel like
- What are the rewards
- The next steps
- What my life would be like
I touched on this during the manifesting section, but it’s important to show gratitude for what you already have in your life. At the start, I struggled with this because I honestly didn’t know what things to write. I was over complicating it.
Once I got started it made me realise I had SO much to be grateful for.
Some examples I’ve used in my journal are:
- Having a job during the pandemic and being able to work from home
- Living with my family and seeing them every day
- Remaining healthy
- My boyfriend, Lyle
My eight year old sister is at the stage of asking what EVERYTHING is, which is exciting, sometimes. She asked me what gratitude meant and we sat for an hour whilst I explained what it meant, examples in my life and hers and it was beautiful to see what she was grateful for.
You don’t have to overcomplicate it, keep it simple.
Thought dump (saying goodbye to negative thoughts)
Having anxiety is a never-ending reel of intrusive thoughts. I have managed to get better at controlling them and rationalising with myself pretty quickly, but sometimes the inner demons get the best of me. It’s all about being honest with yourself.
Because of this, I started to thought dump.
What is a thought dump?
It’s where you write out all the things that are bothering you. Taking them out your mind and onto the paper. The purpose of this is to take the thought out of your head and to write it out, meaning it’s then removed from your head.
I added a thought dump to my night time journal as I found it was harder to manage my thoughts at night because I was tired.
Things you want to let go of
As the queen of overthinking, lingering problems and situations are the banes of my life. I could replay a conversation in my head months down the line even though the conversation has no relevance in my life anymore.
Letting go of people and situations that have hurt me in the past is something I am working on. Writing them out in my journal really helps.
Sometimes the hard part is admitting that something still bothers you. Be honest with yourself and think about the things and people that have had a negative impact on your life.
This also doesn’t need to be big things to let go of, it can be simple things that happened that day as well.
6 things to write in your journal
Journaling has been a gateway to opening up and understanding myself. I now take the time to listen to my body and understand what is bothering me, what I love and what I want to improve.
This really helped with reducing my anxiety because I would often feel upset about the smallest of things. When in actual fact it was something completely different that was bothering me. But my body and mind were not connected so they had no idea what was going on.
This has had a really positive impact on reducing my anxiety because I acknowledge the things that are going wrong. Also, seeing them on paper helps my mind analyse and problem solve.
I hope you’ve enjoyed the 6 things I write in my journal. What are some things you write about in your journal?
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