It is safe to say that journaling is something we all do differently. I could sit here and tell you, "make sure you have minimum of x paragraphs", "keep it paragraph form", "use fifty words to describe a color, or a feeling", and so on.
But instead, I am here to tell you that there is no formula, no trick. To journal is to have a sense of urgency, it is to reflect on moments you lived or are living, it is to write three words to describe your day, it is to think and gain a lesson out of a situation. Journaling is everything - it is everything you either want it to be, or need it to be.
Journaling is incredibly beneficial, at least it has been for me. Journaling has:
helped me re-live my favorite moments.
helped me re-live my worst moments, causing me to learn from certain events.
helped me realize there is nothing that can stop me.
helped me feel free and express all my feelings.
helped me answer questions about my past experiences and my self.
helped me time-travel.
There are more reasons, but these ones always end up being the strongest.
The beauty of journaling is that it's YOU, and ONLY YOU. There is no one you need to write for. There is no need to have flawless grammar, or spelling. There is no limit to how much, or how little, you can write. There is no limit to how much you can Explore and Express!
On a personal note, journaling is extremely beneficial in regards to mental health - one of the reasons why I cared about sharing this "tutorial". By writing down how you are feeling, what your day was like, and so on, you are able to step outside of your body and see yourself and your life with a different perspective - which often times, helps you recognize smaller things you could not identify from "up-close". My journal journey started back in the 8th grade when I was not in my best, personal state, and I give a good amount of credit to my journaling for my personal growth and development.
While I cannot tell you to go start journaling, I'll say this: consider writing down a couple sentences a day, or whenever there is a moment, or a thought, that gives you a sense of urgency. It is a small way of meditating, that will help you in "time-traveling" through your words, help with mental health, memory, relax, and so much more.
For anyone interested, here is a link that explains some other benefits of journaling: https://positivepsychology.com/benefits-of-journaling/
Me hugging my journal because I love her so much.
"A good traveler has no fixed plans and is not intent on arriving" - Lao Tzu
Question for You: Do you journal? If so, what is your favorite part about journaling? If not, what has kept you from journaling?
Hope everyone is doing and staying well!