Simple Beginner’s Guide To Journaling: The Tool To Living Your Best Life

Do you want to start journaling but don’t know how to start? Or do you want to know what journaling is and how it can best help live your best life? Well, you’ve come to the right place. In this post, I’ll be providing for you an extensive but yet simple  beginner’s guide to journaling. This post will provide you all the questions you have about journaling. 

You’ll find out whether journaling is right for you, the top benefits to journaling, to also knowing what type of journaling is best for your lifestyle. Also, you will know the value, and the impact journaling can make in your life.

Hint: It is!

So find a place to relax, grab your favorite drink and your favorite snack, and let’s get to the nitty-gritty of journaling.

Are you ready? Let’s begin then! 

Want to start journaling? Here's a beginner's guide to journaling that will help you in learning more journaling and how it can impact your life in a good way.

First of all, we’ll go over the actual definition of journaling and so on.  

What is Journaling?

So what is journaling? Journaling is the method of documenting your thoughts, feelings, emotions, a record of past (and present) events, and more. Your journaling is a bit of whatever you want it to be. Your journal, similar to a diary, is a record of your life and your journey.

Understand that journaling is not about you sitting down and writing down what you did today, even though it can be. You can journal in the spur of the moment, whether you’re at your job, school, or the park. You can even journal your thoughts when you’re in a bad mood. You can write whatever you feel, tear off the paper, and throw it away. Sort of like therapy if you think about it.

What Is The Difference Between A Diary & A Journal?

Like I mentioned before, journaling is a sort of similar to a diary. You can talk about your day and the emotions that accompanied it. Several differences that accompany a journal though: it’s much more personal than a diary.

How? With a journal, it’s significantly personal and records your personal experience in every event you find yourself in. Plus, with a journal, you can look back at what you’ve written days or weeks ago and then, evaluate your life.

Journaling is not just about recording your everyday day life, it’s also about understanding yourself and how you can be a better individual through your daily life.

Why Should I Start Writing In A Journal?

As I mentioned, journaling is a record of all your experiences, good and bad. It is also a self-reflection tool to help you live your best life.

Journaling is many things, but it’s not a mind reader. It is not going to tell you how to live your best life, but rather help you learn more about your thoughts and your lifestyle. If you’re not satisfied with your lifestyle, then with a journal, you’ll find the very reason why you may not be satisfied with it.

Journaling can help you shift your mindset in the right direction of where your mind should be, and it’ll help you set realistic goals. Also, it will help you document your thoughts and feelings as you’re putting these goals into action.

So why should you start writing in a journal? It’s a practical way to help you process your thoughts and emotions (if you’re into talking much) and assist you in gaining insight and clear your head.

What Are The Benefits Of Writing In A Journal?

Journaling is not for a specific type of people. It’s for everyone! Anyone and everyone can use a journal to help them live better. Here are the top benefits for journaling:

  • It’s therapeutic
  • It manages anxiety
  • Relieves stress
  • Cope with depressions
  • It helps you self-reflect
  • Promote mindfulness 

What Do You Write In A Journal?

You can write about just anything in a journal. For example, if I was having a bad day, I would write down in my journal. However, I would also jot down my feelings my thoughts, my attitude toward the day so later on, when I read it again, it can help me determine a better way to approach what I went through. Or it can be something I write down, then throw it away, relieving my frustration onto the paper.

There are so many elements to journaling. Here are some ways you can use journaling to your advantage:

  • You can write poetry.
  • Write stories.
  • You can discuss your goals (if you’re not fond of owning a planner).
  • Jotting down things for your bucket list. 
  • Recording your thoughts at the spur of the moment. 
  • If you’re an artist, you can doodle a picture, or even composing lyrics. 
  • Help you plan your next vacation or business.
  • You can decorate it with your favorite magazine’s clips or Instax films.
  • Plan your next blog posts
  • Write down your favorite quotes.

As you can see these are just a few things of what you can do with your journals.

How Do You Start Writing A Journal?

One thing that is most important when starting to write in a journal is to find the time and place to write. Sure you can do it at the spur of the moment, but that only happens if you have a phone. But if you want some quality time with your journal, the best way to do this is to find the time and place to do it.

Whether you come home from your job, or even before bedtime, find a way to be in a quiet environment where you won’t be bothered. When you find that particular time and day, breathe in and out, and reflect on your day and start writing. I would recommend if you want to get into the habit of journaling, start writing in your journal every day. This way that habit can turn easily into a routine.

How can one do that just start writing? Let’s continue reading about some other ways one can just start journaling.

There are other ways to start writing in a journal. In my Insta post, I asked myself some questions that would help process my thoughts and feelings, so I can start writing in my journal. Some questions were this:

  1. How do you feel right now?
  2. What do you really want to feel?
  3. How did the day go for you?
  4. What are some things that could’ve been better throughout the day?
  5. What are some things you’re grateful for?

These are just a few questions to help you start writing in your journal.

Another way to start writing a journal is by starting a gratitude journal. This is a type of journal of where you write the things you grateful for on a daily, weekly, or monthly basis. We’ll get into more of that later in the post. I think this is one of the best ways to start journaling. You can point out some things you’re grateful during the day (max 5-7 things).

Here are more top journaling tips to help you get into the habit of journaling:

  • As mentioned, get into the habit of writing every day. Whether it is 15 minutes or even 30 minutes, find the time every day to start and keep writing.
  • Don’t overstress it. Make sure that you have your pen and journal handy with you at all time (when you need it) so when you want to write something, you’re ready to jot down your words.
  • Don’t hold back. Your journal is your private tool to help you live your best life. So if you want to write any personal thought in, go ahead. It’s your journal isn’t? Also, if you’re in the moment to just write whatever you want, that is okay too. I do that at times where I just start to write down my thoughts of the day, with grammar and (some) spelling mistakes. For me, it’s a matter of getting my words out and so I won’t keep my feelings in.

How Can I Keep Writing In My Journal?

If you want to start and continue writing in your journal, it doesn’t require much of a formal structure, but it does suggest considerate planning. Finding the time and the place to best write your journal is important.

Not many can find the day or hour to write in their journal, especially if their job demands it. Nevertheless, if you can least journal before bedtime or even during lunchtime, you have yourself the time to write down your thoughts and emotions.

Repeatedly, since you’re a beginner in journaling, it’s important to start writing every day. If you don’t have the time to do it every day, create the time to do it even if it is going to be 3 times per week.

Are There Different Types Of Journals Out There?

There are indeed many different types of journals out there since there are many different types of people. Based on your occupation and lifestyle, there are specific types of journals for everyone. Let’s see what sort of journals are out there that may fit your needs and lifestyle.

  1. Poem Journal – For those poem lovers!
  2. Bullet Journal – If you like a bit of structure to your journaling.
  3. Dream Journal – Whether you want to talk about your dreams or you’re thinking about your dream life, this type of journal may be right for you.
  4. Food Journal – Tracking your food.
  5. Exercise Journal – Track your exercise with how many days and times you do it.
  6. Travel Journal – Take pictures and write about your daily adventures!
  7. Doodle/Art Journal – If you love to doodle and draw art, this is for you.
  8. Prayer Journal – When words won’t come out, writing can.
  9. Reading Journal – If you’re in a book club or you read by yourself, you can write down your thoughts and feelings about the book you’ve recently read.
  10. Gratitude Journal – Take the time to be grateful daily for the blessed day that’s been given to you.
  11. Goal-Oriented Journal – If you have a certain goal you want to achieve, then a goal-oriented can help you accomplish it.
  12. Pocket Journal – When you can’t carry a large journal, acquire a pocket journal so you can easily bring it with you everywhere you go.
  13. Pregnancy Journal – Track down your pregnancy journey with pictures in addition to your thoughts and attitude.
  14. Blog Journal – If you need to plan your blog post, this will be something you may need.
  15. Project Journal – Same as a goal-oriented journal but it’s more structured and long-term.
  16. Business Journal – If you’re an entrepreneur or have a business, this type of journal can help you plan out your biz from the start-up to so forth.
  17. Wellness Journal – This is for those that love to live well and healthy in every aspect of their life.
  18. Mental Health Journal – if you want to promote mental health wellbeing, this is for you.
  19. Positive Affirmation Journal – If speaking positively to yourself is your thing, write them in this journal.
  20. Success Journal – This type of journal is geared toward the type of success you desire in life.

There may be more, but that’s all I could think of for now. If you want the details of where to find these specific journals, then stay tuned by subscribing to my blog and receive a free seasonal summer and fall journal prompts just to get you started!

What Is The Best Journal For Me?

Finding out what journal suits you best is looking at your lifestyle. Think about your life, job, or even your hobbies. Think about the specific journals I mentioned and see what specifically correspond with your lifestyle currently.

If you want to find out more about what journal works best for you, subscribe to my blog so you can I can keep you posted about the upcoming blog posts! I’m actually going to be writing 3 blog posts soon. Think of it as a series! You can even check out my Resource Library containing all kinds of journal prompts, coloring pages, and more for your lifestyle need!

Get started with a journal, and see where this journey takes you.

Until Next Time,

Simply Alia

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