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Daily Habit of Journaling

This week, I want to share with you my daily habit of Journaling. I use two journaling tools to sort through my feelings and thoughts.

The Benefits of Journaling

For me, the biggest benefit of journaling has been increasing my mindfulness. The more I journal the more I become aware of what’s going on in my head and heart.

I’ve also found that putting pen to paper reduces fear and anxiety. When you actually write something down (or say it aloud), it tends to loose some of its power.

Journaling–particularly freewriting–unlocks my creativity and helps me tap into my subconscious.

Research shows that, among other things, journaling helps you regulate your emotions and makes you happier!

My Daily Habit of Journaling

As I mentioned above, I have two journaling practices that I do every single day.

The first is a practice called Morning Pages as described by Julia Cameron in The Artist’s Way. I begin each day by freewriting 6 pages (3 front and back) in my journal.

Over time, Morning Pages reveal patterns in my thoughts that would otherwise go unnoticed.

The second practice is an Examen at the end of each day to reflect on my feelings and thoughts throughout the day. I appreciate what went well and try to learn from what didn’t.

I complete a weekly Examen on Sundays as well, focusing on 7 areas of my life: Mind, Body, Spirit, Home, Work, Relationships, and Resources.

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Some Options for You

If you feel moved to, I highly recommend trying Morning Pages or a nightly Examen practice.

If not, there are TONS of websites that offer journal prompts or journaling practices to try. Here are just a few:

You could also try meditating and freewriting after mediation.

As with every practice we’ve discussed, be sure to give it 30 days before changing or adjusting.

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The beauty of journaling is that there’s no wrong way to do. Just find a blank journal or notebook and start writing.

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