I’ll admit that a daily practice of journaling is difficult for me. I have failed miserably at regular journaling, and I’m not giving up. (I am 2.5 years into my monthly gratitude spreadsheet, and that’s proving to be incredibly helpful in cultivating a positive mindset.)

I have a journal that I’ve used for years, and I find reviewing that to be helpful and inspiring to do more. Why should you incorporate a journal into your life? The benefits are many, including reducing stress and anxiety and inspiring further growth and accomplishment. I love the way that journaling helps me to be the person I aspire to be – to act in ways that are consistent with my values and goals.

How can you make journaling a part of your regular routine. Like any habit development, having an intention and strong discipline helps. Among many tips, I find that having a pleasing writing instrument encourages the practice, and using writing prompts mitigates the “oh-my-goodness-the-page-is-blank” feeling.

In the midst of busy lives, finding and taking the time to journal feels like a luxury. It may be impossible at times, so it’s important to give yourself grace when life is just too much. And that’s no excuse for not picking up the pen as soon as possible. Resist the urge to be self-ciritical, and let your journaling flow. As William Wordsworth said, “Fill your paper with the breathings of your heart.”


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