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10 Journaling Tips to Help You Heal, Grow and Thrive

Tips to get started

  • Start writing about where you are in your life at this moment. Describe your living situation, your work, and your relationships. 
  • Don’t edit your thoughts or feelings and don’t correct your grammar. Don’t censor your thoughts.
  • If there’s something you are struggling with or an event that’s disturbing you, write about it in the third person.

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10 Journaling Tips to Help You Heal, Grow and Thrive

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Key Ideas

Benefits of journalling

Journaling can help with personal growth and development. By regularly recording your thoughts, you will gain insight into your behaviors and moods.

Journaling can be used for problem-solving and stress reduction. It’s been proven to improve mental and physical health. 

An effective tool

  • Journalling can be used to sort through turbulent emotions and to discover hidden lessons from your experience.
  • Art journaling: using mixed media can help you express yourself in refreshing and unusual ways.
  • Journals can help you reflect. It’s a method of allowing the light of understanding and compassion to shine on your past.

Tips to get started

  • Start writing about where you are in your life at this moment. Describe your living situation, your work, and your relationships. 
  • Don’t edit your thoughts or feelings and don’t correct your grammar. Don’t censor your thoughts.
  • If there’s something you are struggling with or an event that’s disturbing you, write about it in the third person.

Types of journalling

  • Gratitude journal. Maintain a daily list of things you appreciate, including uplifting quotes.
  • Journal of self-portraits. You can take pictures, draw colors or shapes or collage images. 
  • Nature diary to connect with the natural world. Record the things you notice about the sky, the weather, and the seasons.
  • A log of successes. Begin by writing the big ones you remember then regularly jot down small successes that occur during the week.
  • A favorite song log. Write about the moods they evoke and explore that time and space of your life.

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