Journaling can have a profound effect on our perspectives and mental well-being yet we often dismiss the notion and immediately seek out other ways to improve ourselves. Things like going to the gym or taking up yoga. Journal writing can be transformative. And when done regularly – it promotes healing and self-forgiveness as well as self-love. The process can be an incredible journey of discovery, providing us with new perspectives and insights about ourselves and those around us. Journaling also has the potential to guide your thoughts in a more positive light. It provides a better understanding of one’s self, which is also known as “journaling with intention”. Here’s how you can use journaling for self improvement.
- Write down your goals
When you write down your goals, you bring your goals to life. You also make a promise with yourself that you will work on it. Make sure you set goals that are SMART- Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic and Time Bound.
- Make Journaling as one of your goals
Set a goal to start writing your thoughts and expressions in your journal everyday. This can help you boost creativity, strengthening self discipline and improving your overall health.
- Start a gratitude journal
Just writing down about how grateful you are for your day can help you reduce your stress level and improve your calmness. This can further help you to think more rationally and make the right decisions.
- Express creativity
Use your journal to paint or sketch something out. Bring out those watercolor paints and outline your experience in an amazing visual trip. We all need creativity and artistic journaling has gotten big lately. It has also been proved to release stress in a beautiful way.
- Track your progress
Each month, or week, check in with your goals and write down how you’re doing on them. Create an action plan of smaller steps that you need to complete to reach your bigger goals – a checklist, a graph, or whatever works for you. Come back to it often and mark down the things you’ve accomplished and reflected on what they meant to you.
These are some of the ways you can use your journal for self improvement. It will always help you to keep getting better.