The daily practice of writing a journal improves your mood, memory, ability to regulate emotions and leads to overall greater psychological well-being. By exploring your thoughts and feelings on a daily basis, integrates your experiences in the mind and the body and can help keep you on an even keel mentally and emotionally.
There are a number of ways to journal. Here are some examples of different styles you might consider.
1. Stream-of-consciousness journal.
Without making any attempt at editing yourself, simply sit down for a specified amount of time every day and write down whatever comes into your head.
2. Diary journal.
Write down all of the day’s most important events and how you felt about them.
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3. Gratitude journal.
Count your blessings and what you have gratitude for each day.
4. Spiritual journal.
Track your spiritual development and your spiritual connectivity.
5. Exercise/health journal.
This journal could include tracking what you eat and sleep and stress levels, as well as the symptoms for any chronic health conditions you may be managing.
Making the habit stick
Here are eight simple tips to committing yourself to the practice of journal writing.