It's Time To Start Journaling. Here's The Prompt To Get You Writing.
Never got into journaling? Here's why it's actually much easier -- and more healing -- than you ever thought.
Self-care isn’t just taking vitamins, meditating, and going on walks. While all of those routines and activities make a massive difference in day-to-day life and health, the foundation of a truly healthy experience is tending to your inner life and your emotions.
Author and workshop leader GG Renee writes in Self-Care Check In: “While having a self-care routine is important, a self-care mindset is even better. Having a self-care mindset is pausing to ask yourself how you feel - physically, spiritually, emotionally - and why.”
Scientists recently have linked certain types of journaling exercises to strengthened immune cells, drops in depression and anxiety, and increased quality of close relationships.
Staying focused, reserving judgment (try not to edit yourself!) and making a ritual around journaling can make it a part of your self-care practice that grounds you and brings more awareness to your emotional process.
And if taking out your notebook and hand-writing for a few minutes every day doesn't sound appealing, don't let that stop you! Cursive definitely doesn't work for everyone. There are so many ways and avenues to express yourself. Use the Notes App on your phone, or Google Docs. There are journaling apps or e-books. Try out a few different methods and see what works for you.
If taking out your notebook and hand-writing for a few minutes every day doesn't sound appealing, don't let that stop you!
You can use journaling to activate different emotions and self-care goals. Lifestyle blogger Belinda Prudent swears by her gratitude journal. GG Renee’s book Self-Care Check-In offers an “integrated” approach, with opportunities for reflection, analysis, and action, and she shares prompts every month with her followers on Instagram.
So go write your gratitiude letter and look out for our next journal prompt!