So, now you have your new, beautiful, blank notebook, some pens and time to write. Now what? Where do you start? How do you find your inner voice? How to put all these thoughts that are roaming around your mind on paper? What to do when you simply don’t know what to write about?
Well, that’s the biggest obstacle anyone who tried journaling faced. We’ve all been there and occasionally, we all ARE there. We all have those days when our mind is as blank as the notebook in front of us. That’s why I bring you some journaling ideas!
One solution to this problem is to simply start writing. Start with writing about your day and how you felt in certain situations. Did something good happen? Or something bad? Or maybe nothing happened but you wish it had? That’s always a good place to start.
It may seem mundane or even childish, but this basic stuff often lead to thinking and reflecting about your day and your emotions.
If that’s not your style then try looking for some journal prompts which will guide your thoughts in the right direction. It can be as simple as “what you wanted to be as a kid?” to more complex topics like “if you could choose one thing to change in your life, what would it be?”.
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Maybe write about what you dream your life to be. How do you want your life to be in five years time? How do you wanna feel? And then ultimately: “what can you do today to be one step closer to your goal?”.
Reflections on your life, your life choices, and your dreams and aspirations can lead you to many revelations, some could even surprise you! When I was feeling down at one point in my life and simply couldn’t figure out what’s wrong with me, journaling led me to a discovery! I realized through writing what’s really bothering me and was able to start solving the problem.
One of the journaling prompts that I’m kind of still mulling over is “if money wasn’t an issue, what would you do?”. I simply don’t know 🙂 It’s a perfect question to write about. I just simply can’t put my head around it. That’s why I write it out from time to time, hoping that some new ideas and dreams emerge.
One of the topics that are also very inspirational is imagining what your perfect day or weekend or vacation would look like. Since I’m trying to work on my creative side, I was planning to do exactly that: imagine a perfect vacation, write about it and draw (or try to draw :)) some things along the way. For example, imagining myself on a beach, under the palm tree, with a cold mojito in my hand and then drawing that cocktail, or the palm trees, or the beach. I think that’s a great way to engage the brain to be more creative and think of every single detail in that perfect scenario. Well, hopefully. I still haven’t started on doing it so I can’t say for sure it will get my creative juices flowing but it does sound promising.
If you feel down and want to help yourself through journaling, I would suggest starting a gratitude log. You just write down all the things you are grateful for. It can be as simple as “I am grateful for the food I ate” or “I am grateful I have the opportunity to take this time for myself and my journal”. Counting your blessings often leads to a better mood and a sense of gratitude for all you have.
They say the best way to cheer yourself up is to try to cheer someone else. I sometimes imagine I won the lottery (or a huuuge amount of money) and just write about all the things I could do for my loved ones and how happy they would be. I am aware it can be a double-edged sword since I don’t have that money and I can’t do all those things but I format my sentences with “when I win the lottery”. Not IF but WHEN. That makes it sound more realistic and gives me a positive boost 🙂
And in the end, if you really don’t feel like writing at all but still wanna work on your journal, you can always find some quote you like, or relate to, write it down, embellish it, doodle around it or draw something. Maybe fill those pages with words of your favorite poem. Or a favorite song. Maybe start a nice little scrapbook project with song lyrics and pictures of the artists or something similar.
Journaling doesn’t have to be only about writing. It can be anything you want. If you need ideas about the types of journals you can have, you can read about it in this post. The goal is to take time for yourself and put your soul onto that paper in any way you want. It’s your journal and your choice. Anything you choose is perfect!