Dear journal, today sucked! Sometimes that’s just how it is, and sometimes that is all that needs to be said. Journaling is a tool that can be used in many ways. It can be used to chronicle daily life, events and activities. It is capturing memories in sentences and paragraphs. For others, journaling is therapeutic. It can be used as a self-care technique and much more.
As an avid reader and writer, journaling has been therapeutic, it is one of my self-care weapons of choice. Writing has been an amazing tool for me throughout the years. When I was about 12 years old, a relative of mine gifted me Barbie notebook. It was a gift that I did not appreciate at the time, but a gift that gave me the voice I didn’t know I had. I used that notebook to chronicle my feelings; whether good or bad, I wrote it down. I still have that journal, I occasionally look through it as a reminder of my youth, my innocence and my insecurities. It is a pretty juicy teen tale if I do say so myself.
Journaling is also a great tool to use when you are unsure of yourself, your feelings, life choices and more. Journaling grants you an opportunity to reflect. And Reflection is key — it is super important now more than ever, with so many distractions, social media and life's day to day struggles. Knowing yourself is needed for navigational purposes. Now that I have sold you on journaling, how can you get in on the journaling train? I have listed five key journaling musts that I live by below. Start off small and get to journaling.