Journaling Tips For Beginners

Talking about our feelings and goals to others can often feel daunting and complicated, so why not write them down!

The last two years have been difficult for most people. If anything, the pandemic has taught us how important prioritising your mental health can be. Tracking daily habits, thoughts and feelings in a journal can help us to process emotions more easily. Journaling is one of the most recommended tools to create a clear mind and positive lifestyle.

It may be that you are entirely new to journaling or that you started during a lockdown and are now wondering how to keep at it as the world opens up.

Well, you have come to the right place. Here we will look at the best journalling tips for beginners and how to incorporate the keeping of a journal into a positive daily habit.

Benefits of Journaling

There are many reasons for journaling; it isn’t always thoughts and feelings. Try different types of journaling such as writing down goals, travel inspiration, gratitude, manifestations, garden or food journaling. Having a visual representation of your thoughts can provide relief, comfort, and motivation.

Take a look at some of the many benefits of journaling.

  • Track personal progress and growth
  • Reduce stress and anxiety
  • Organise your thoughts
  • Set and achieve goals
  • Improve your writing
  • Allow self-reflection
  • Evoke mindfulness

 Find the Best Journal Style for You

There are several variations to journaling, so it is vital to find the best fit for you. Doing so will ensure consistency with your journaling habits. Your reasons for journaling may differ from someone else’s; therefore, exploring different styles and options is an excellent place to start.

Notebook Simplicity

A notebook journal is a great starter journal or one for those that have a lot to write. Create a safe space to write down your thoughts and ideas as and when you need to. Keep it in your bag and whenever you’re feeling emotions that you need to express or jot down a great idea, just grab your notebook and get scribbling.

How about choosing a journal that makes you look forward to writing. Try our Floral Printed Bohemian Personal Diary to make your journaling that extra bit prettier.  

Perfect for: Gratitude journaling, manifestation journaling, 5-minute journal, meditation journaling, creative journaling, food journaling, reading journal, finance journaling, dream journaling

Creative Blank Canvas

Bullet journaling has taken the world by storm. It’s beautiful, creative and utterly unique to you. Thanks to social media, the popularity of bullet journaling has skyrocketed in recent years. Usually created on a blank page or dot grid journal, a combination of doodles, bullet points and graphs are drawn to create a self-made planner. This method of journaling is excellent for tracking regular habits, moods or activities. Commonly, the journaler will doodle a calendar style with bullet-pointed tasks for the week.

The beauty is in creative freedom, and many people use bullet journaling as a form of stress relief. If you’re stuck for bullet journaling ideas, you can find some great inspiration here!

Blank page or dot grid journals are also great for food, travel or any other creative journaling. Try adding your tickets, photos, recipes or packing lists to the page!

Take a look at our Muse Dot Grid Journal or Muse Sketchbook for the perfect addition to your creative journaling.

Perfect for: Bullet journaling, travel journaling, food journaling, garden journaling, plant journaling, finance journaling

Organisation is Key

Another popular journaling option is using a diary or calendar. This is commonly used for general time organisation or keeping track of day-to-day activities and appointments. This is an excellent method for feeling in control when having to tackle an extensive to-do list.

Are you a student or teacher seeking organisation? An academic diary with planners and to-do lists will be your new best friend. How about the YiYi Collection Academic Year Planner for Teachers and Students?

However, diaries don’t just have to be for timekeeping and planning activities. There are planners for almost every aspect of your life, including menstrual tracking. If you want to get to know and understand your menstrual cycle a little more, then how about giving a Menstrual Calendar Journal a go? This planner will help you learn the intricacies of your body and gain self-awareness around your cycle. This style of a journal can also be used to track fertility!

 Perfect for: Calendar journaling, pregnancy journaling, fitness journaling, finance journaling

 Tips For Getting Started

1.  You Don’t Have to Write First Thing in the Morning

There’s always talk of writing as soon as you wake up to savour every fresh thought. But if you’re like us, you’ll need an hour and at least three coffees to get your brain going. The beauty of journaling is there are no written rules. Write what you want, when you want.

Morning journaling can be great to plan out your day ahead, and evening journaling is perfect for reflecting on the day. It’s all about finding a technique that works best for you.

2.  Start Small - Don’t Overwhelm Yourself

Somedays, your pen will dance across the page for what seems like hours, and other days it will seem like a struggle to gather a few words together. Both are ok, and both are an achievement. The important part is not to give up.

When beginning daily journaling, it is essential to be realistic with your expectations. Forming a habit can be challenging, but you can focus on being consistent rather than how much or little you have managed to write by adding it into a daily routine.

If you find that you have writer’s block, try writing about gratitude. A small list of things you are grateful for will undoubtedly leave you feeling positive. Every day of journaling is something to be proud of.

3.   Identify What Isn’t Working

Trial and error are often involved when you first start journaling.

What do you wish to achieve from journaling? Identify your goals and experiment with several techniques until you find the one for you. Everyone is different, and there is no one size fits all. Find what works for you, and change what doesn’t, it may take a while to find your flow, but you’ll get there.

Journaling is a powerful tool used for self-discovery, improving mental health, and as a creative output. There is only one way to decide if journaling is for you, and that is by picking up a pen and writing. Give it a try; you might surprise yourself.