Journaling for Wellbeing in 2023
Do you write in a journal? It’s an often overlooked way to better wellbeing. Here’s why you should try journaling for wellbeing in 2023.
The Benefits Of Journaling
First of all, I just want to put something out there: you DO NOT have to be an amazing writer or have a snazzy journal to get the benefits. It’s not about having perfect spelling or grammar, or having an Instagrammable journal. Journaling is a way to:
Journaling for Wellbeing-How to Get Started
Set aside the time
Are you a morning person who likes to rise early and savour your cup of coffee? Or do you feel more relaxed in the evening when the kids have gone to bed? Choose the best time of the day for you to write in your journal.
Create a relaxing environment
Make yourself a cup of tea, light a candle or some incense, and get cosy. Create a relaxing environment where you can just sit and be with your thoughts.
Remember there are no rules
This is your journal and you aren’t writing for anyone else to see. Don’t think about spelling, grammar, or what your handwriting looks like. Just get your notebook and pen, and let your thoughts flow onto the page.
One of the things people get stuck with when they start journaling is what they should write about. This is where journaling prompts can come in handy. Try this.
Write as an observer
This is where you write about something that happened as an observer, looking in on your life. You could write something like ‘I noticed YOU felt upset that…’
Write an open letter
This could be a letter to your younger or older self. It could be a letter to someone you’re struggling to forgive. You’ll never send it but it can be a way to find closure and express exactly how you feel towards that person.
Write in bullet points
If you’re pushed for time, this can be a great way to get your thoughts down.
Set a timer
If you literally only have a spare ten minutes, set a timer on your phone and write freely until your time is up.
Still not sure what to write? Try these prompts
The beauty of journaling for wellbeing is that the things to write about are endless, and so are the benefits. Try these journal prompts if you have a day where you’re stuck and don’t know what to write about.
Do you journal or have you ever tried it? I’d love to know. It can be a great way to get thoughts, feelings, and worries out of your head and on to paper for a lighter and brighter 2023.