Millions of people around the world keep journals. A journal helps you analyze your past with a purpose and look forward to where you’re going. According to the University of Rochester Medical Center in New York, journaling helps you understand your thoughts and feelings more clearly. It can also improve your physical health, including your immune system, sleep, and wound care. Want to get started? Read the six tips below and check out the Toastmaster article they’re based on.
1 Just do it:
Take five minutes and just write one sentence. Get started no matter if it’s a short time period or a specific word count.
2 Digital or not:
Select a notebook and pen or use a Word document on your computer. Use whichever method you’re most comfortable with.
3 Keep it simple:
If you decide to use a notebook, select a size you like. Don’t feel you must use a specific colored pen or a certain notebook or even a particular style of journaling. No need to overcomplicate—do what feels natural.
4 Make it a habit:
Consistently write at a set time or when you are in a particular state of mind. Before you know it, you’ll be reaching for your journal without thinking about it.
5 Don’t feel you need to share:
Your journal is for you. You don’t need to share its contents unless you choose to.
6 Review and look back:
Occasionally take the time to read what you’ve written before. This helps your reflection and can reveal some patterns in your thoughts and behaviors.
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