During this time I have started to nurture the habit of writing in a journal. Over the years, I do not know how many times I have received a journal as a gift. I stock piled a good number of them for the longest time. In the last two years, I decided to use each journal for a different purpose.
Currently, I am using seven journals. I do not constantly write in all seven.
- I have one that I use like a diary. This is the one I use the most.
- One I use for career related ideas, goals, or writing.
- Another for list making – On days that I need a distraction, I come up with fun subjects like ‘My Favorite Spring Flowers’. Then I sit and list as many items as possible.
- One of my other journals I use to write down songs that inspire me. There are certain days when certain songs really tug at my heart strings. I want to remember those moments.
Recently, I started writing in another journal. @artist.and on Instagram posts daily writing ✍️ prompts for songwriters (No, I am not a songwriter.). Hosted by @christawellsmusic. Y’all, I love the challenges that she gives. I do not use these prompts to write every single day. On random days, I look up what her writing prompt of the day is and use it to journal about whatever comes to mind in relation to that prompt. I love that she always shares what inspired that particular prompt. (@artist.and on Instagram)
Did you know that keeping a journal is a great way to reduce stress?
Check out this article. – Journaling for Mental Health
Why do I journal?
I am an introvert. I can get easily stressed out and anxious. Sometimes, I do not even realize I am stressed or anxious until I journal. The nice thing about journaling is no one has to read your journal except for you (if you want to) later on. There is no need to worry about perfect grammar. Afterwards, I feel like a load has been lifted off of my shoulders.
& Why do I have so many journals?
There are some days that I do not need to strictly write out what is going on in life. I have other journals like the one I use for my lists. This still takes a little bit of brain power. It is fun to think about certain things like, what are your dream vacation spots? or What are going to do when Covid-19 is gone? Like I shared, I may learn how to be more like an extrovert.
I encourage you to consider starting a habit of journaling.
Until next time…