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If you’re reading this, it probably means you know you should be journaling more, but you just don’t know how to build the habit.
Keep reading to learn why you should journal and how you can journal more consistently to improve your mindset and relationship with yourself.
Why you should journal
Journaling can be magical for anxiety. For me personally, it’s one of the most important things that helped me gain control over it.
The act of getting out of your head and being able to analyse your emotions is what helps you work through the suffering.
Track personal growth
Reflecting on previous journal entries can show your personal development and how you have improved.
You can monitor what triggers you and how that is changing and if it is reducing.
Improve communication and writing skills
Have you ever struggled to articulate yourself well? Or maybe you’ve been lost for words?
The daily habit of journaling improves your writing ability and teaches you how to explain emotions, thoughts, and feelings easily.
See also: How to journal for anxiety
How to journal consistently
Set a time
The easiest way to stick to journaling consistently, is to set a time in the day that will work for you every day.
It might be 10 minutes when you’re having your morning coffee.
Whenever it is, set a time and repeat that daily.
Habit stacking is the act of grouping a new habit with a current habit. This makes the new habit you want to introduce memorable and anchors it to an existing trigger.
Like the above example, if you pair journaling with your morning coffee, whenever you have your first coffee of the day, you will begin to naturally journal as well, just like how natural and habitual the coffee is.
To learn more about habit stacking, check out this informative post on James Clear.
Keep it simple
You don’t have to write a mini novel whenever you journal.
Start with 3 things you’re grateful for and if you journal in the morning, you can include what your plan for the day is, or a reflection on the day if you journal in the evening.
I’ve mentioned this on another journaling post, but the Stoic app is my favourite tool to help me journal.
The app sends notifications to my phone to remind me to journal throughout the day. It also makes it super easy as it gives you reflective prompts, so you don’t have to struggle to think about what to write.
Building the habit of journaling more consistently will dramatically improve your mental wellbeing and self-development. It just takes effort and discipline.
From journaling at the same time every day, to habit stacking, keeping it simple and using innovative apps will all help to build the journaling habit.