I can’t think of a better place to start with self-care than with a good old “journal.” Now bear with me, I’m not necessarily referring to a “Dear Diary” type of journaling (although that’s definitely an option). I’m talking about anything from making lists, writing in a notebook or in an app, blogging, creative writing, goal setting and more. All of it can be very therapeutic and is an easy place to start to help take better care of you.
Think of why or what would be most beneficial for you, and you may find, like me, you need a few different outlets.
Here are some options:
- Use your notes on your computer or a special notebook to just brain dump and clear your mind. Just write down anything and everything you need to get out of your head. I do this in an upgraded notebook, like the Moleskine Cahier Journal, and write everything from things I need to do that day to things I want to do in the future. It’s complete chicken scratch, but I keep it close to me and anytime I think I might forget something it goes in there.
- Invest in a goal planning notebook like the Passion Planner or Erin Condren’s LifePlanner (which is what I’m currently using). You can boost your confidence by having a place to write down your goals and accomplishments.
- If you’re looking for inspiration of what to write about, you may want to try something that gives you prompts and can also carry over from year to year. I like this Q&A a Day: 5 Year Journal. It’s fun looking back on previous years and seeing how my answers to certain questions changed.
- Maybe you need a gratitude journal where you can simply write down something you’re thankful for each day. It’s also a great thing to do with your kids, but I encourage you to take some time to do it on your own as well.
- If anything, just use one to record memories and write down 1 or 2 things that happened each day. I love the Mom’s One Line A Day for that as well as the Day One app .
- Perhaps you really do need an adult version of “Dear Diary,” where you can simply release anxiety by just getting it down on paper and lock it up with a passcode. It can be a good way to forgive yourself, let go and move on.
- If you want a place where you can do everything – planner, memory recorder, goal setting (both personal and professional), my friend, Jenn Rose Baker, has an all-in-one planner that is faith-based as well called the Blessed Is She Liturgical Year Planner where she can do her planning, goal-setting and prayer intentions.As you can see, there are so many options! Regardless of your choice, writing things down can improve your mood and leave you feeling a little calmer and more focused. Would love to hear what methods of writing you use and why. Share in the comments!
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