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How to create a journal

Writing down your thoughts on a daily basis can do wonders for your mind. We share how to get started below.

Emptying your first thoughts of the day onto paper can be quite a nice feeling. As well as being a healthy, positive way to get things out of your system – not having to think about what you’re writing can give you a great sense of freedom and focus for the day ahead.

Benefits of journalling

Journalling can help you think more creatively and positively. It’s a great way to de-stress and de-clutter our minds and can have a really positive effect on our mental health and stress levels. So, with what life throws at us at times, it’s probably one of the best ways to relax and re-focus. A sort of mindfulness really.

Some journaling ideas

  • Write about something you’re grateful for
  • Put some meaningful quotes in there
  • Create your own mantras and life affirmations
  • Do a ‘who you’d like to forgive’ list
  • Pay yourself a nice big compliment every day
  • Answer a question that you’ve been asking yourself for a while
  • Journal small or big milestones that you’ve reached
  • Reflect on something that you found challenging
  • Capture your hopes and dreams
  • Desribe vivid or disturbing dreams you may have had
  • Write a letter to someone dead or alive
  • Do mind maps

Get inspired

There are lots of nice ideas for journalling out there. Take a look at the Pinterest page below on how to journalling for beginners.

Happy writing!

By Ciara Foskin

Hi! I've been creating content for many years for all sorts of companies, big and small! I enjoy writing the odd poem in my spare time and am an avid music fan, karaoke enthusiast, food lover and adventurer

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