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5 Ways to Journal for Mental & Emotional Well Being - Tips for Beginners

Updated: Jan 13, 2022

Journaling is putting your thoughts & feelings to paper. Since many years, journaling has been my best friend. Whenever I am upset or want to process my emotions, my go to tool is to journal. Even scientific research says that Journaling can help you in your mental and emotional well being. Following are the ways you can journal for better management of your thoughts & emotions:

1. Occasional Check-in

If you are someone who doesn't love to Journal on a daily basis, you can ask yourself the following questions whenever you are feeling low and write them down in your journal:

  1. How am I feeling?

  2. What do I need right now?

  3. What do I need to give myself?

This can be explained with an example. Suppose you are missing someone. So you can journal about it in the following way:

  1. I am feeling lonely and sad

  2. I need to speak to the person I am missing

  3. I can call the person & connect or if I cannot call the person then speak to someone with whom I can share my feelings or I can journal about my feelings.

So whatever solution you have come up with, take that action and you will feel lighter.

2. Daily Check in

If you are someone who loves to Journal on a daily basis, you can ask the following questions to yourself in your journal;

  1. How am I feeling today?

  2. What am I grateful for the previous day?

  3. How do I want to feel today?

  4. Top 3 things I need to accomplish today

  5. 3 wins I achieved today

  6. One beautiful thing that happened today

Of course, you need not answer all the questions, but these are very powerful questions that can help you gain clarity.

3. Weekly Check-in

Now if you have time constraints, but yet would like to journal, you can journal on a weekly basis.

  1. In the beginning of the week suppose say Sunday, plan out your entire week's to do list.

  2. Also write how do you want to feel during the entire week

  3. Then towards the end of the week, write down 3 things you are grateful for that happened in the week

  4. 3 wins you accomplished in the week

  5. One beautiful thing that happened in the week.

This way you just need to check your journal twice a week in order to know where you are going.

4. Yearly Planner

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