Today I will be talking about why you MUST start journaling for mindfulness and mental health as it is an incredible tool if you are beginning in living a more mindful life. Here are my top 5 tips on starting a healthy mindful journal.
My Quick Guide to Journaling for Mindfulness
Journaling is a wonderful tool specifically for those who may be going through anxiety, depression, obsessive compulsive behavior and even numerous personality disorders. Of course, everyone has something to work on and journaling is a creative strategy to work through not only your thoughts but your feelings. here are my TOP 5 TIPS to get you started:
1. Have no intention
Journaling is a therapeutic practice and is often even advised by clinical psychologists to patients.
By having no intention and allowing your thoughts and feelings to flow naturally is what makes this practice so rewarding and real (and applicable to your life).
Journaling and reflective writing isn’t suppose to be perfect, it is for you and your mind. You can uncover past traumas, even specific moments and intricacies that you weren’t aware were traumatic can be unlocked through journaling.
Giving yourself the freedom for your mind to flow and your feelings to let go into a safe outlet is what makes journaling so freeing, and with freedom you can then gain perspective over something that was once holding you hostage.
2. GIVE yourself the compassion nobody else gave you
You will hear me use the term “self compassion” quite often, but that is because of how important it is. Often times our ego demands validation and love from those around us, to the point nothing will satisfy our thirst for being cared for – specially if you have anxiety (in relationships).
Self compassion with journaling is a way to empathize with yourself and your story. We all have a story, we have all experienced suffering and we all need to be heard – but this doesn’t mean we always get it.
If you are lacking support in your life in a specific trauma or area of your life, to the point that even the support you are getting is just SIMPLY not enough, GIVE yourself self compassion. empathize with yourself, validate your feelings and learn from your experiences not just practically but – emotionally.
3. Write like you speak!
Journaling is beneficial through honesty, it doesn’t have to delve into morality but you will certainly gain a lot for yourself if you are transparent with yourself. Write in a way that is your tone, and that is easy for you to understand.
It is common that our ego will disguise our emotions and feelings in over complicating analogies and symbols, when really we could write things out plain and simple and feel exactly what happend to us.
If you write as you speak, and be honest through journaling you will reach a point of awakening. However, If you journal to romanticize you are only disguising your actual traumas and events into something not sincere – which only means, you are left not actually making any mental health progress. 😦
4. Try make it safe for yourself
Journaling, is so incredibly challenging for your deep hidden emotions. You may realise that strong emotions may come up or symptoms of your previous or ongoing anxiety may come up for example if you have an eating disorder, or if you have ocd or dermatillomania, trichotillomania, panic attacks or even dissociation.
You may feel inclined to partake in those coping mechanisms while in the process of writing, however being mindful of your feelings when you feel inclined and acknowledging those feelings is how journaling can make a breakthrough for your mental health.
Because journaling can often times bring up those coping mechanisms and symptoms, its important to make it safe for yourself. Be in a safe setting, (like your favorite cafe for example) or dedicating it to a certain time of day, before seeing some friends or a loved one can make it that much more sustainable for your mind.
5. Theres no right time to start journaling!
Ego again can prevent us from starting the journey of self healing, so it will procrastinate and procrastinate using very clever excuses like “I’ll start when I am emotionally ready”. There is no right time to start writing, there is also no easy time to start journaling. Your time is now.
You don’t need a perfect, aesthetic, neat kikki.k worthy notebook to start journaling, the most important thing you need, isn’t a think at all – but rather, your consciousness.
Even if you just start by writing inconsistently, here and there, every other day… that is the start, and with time you will build a portfolio of your personal experiences, emotions, feelings and mindfulness journey.