I have always loved to be creative and to write and draw. Already as a child, I wrote stories and had a diary where I documented special events as well as every-day things.
Recently, I have grown very fond of journalling.
Having a journal can mean everything from writing a diary to collecting inspiring quotes to drawing patterns as relaxation exercise.
All you need is (yes, you guessed it 😉 ) a journal and a pen.
But what are the benefits of journalling? And how can or should you go about it? This is what I want to talk about in this post.
• Easy way to be creative: Instead of presenting a huge project that takes up a lot of time, journalling gives one the opportunity of being creative “in-between” one’s busy daily routine. An entry can take from 5 minutes to several hours, always depending on how much time you can and want to invest.
• Strengthens awareness: Nowadays, one gets easily caught up in personal every-day sorrows. Journalling helps me to be more aware of all sorts of things, especially when I write a diary entry – what beautiful things did I see today? Whom did I spend my time with? What interesting things did I learn today? These are questions that increase my awareness for things outside myself.
• Helps maintaining positivity: Directly following from the last point, journalling helps me to focus on the positive things. Of course, when one feel like it, one can also write down everything that was frustrating on a particular day. But if I want to keep up a positive mindset, journalling is a great help to remember all the good things that happened (and are often forgotten so easily).
• Helps to be organised: This can be understood in two ways: On the one hand, journalling simply helps to stay on top of things like to-dos, appointments, etc. On the other hand, it helps me to organise my thoughts – whether I write about something that bothers me or collect inspiration about a certain topic.
• You can do it anywhere anytime: This is one of the main perks of journalling: As long as you have your journal and a pen with you, you can write or draw at home, in your lunch break, on the morning train, in the evening in bed, outside on a park bench,… The possibilities are endless.
• Time for yourself: Journalling is a great opportunity to have some quality time alone with yourself and your thoughts. It is an easy way to put some space between yourself and every-day hecticness and consciously slow down. Also, it feels really good to do something completely “useless”, just for fun.
Ideas for your journal
• Lists: Lists are one of the easiest things to write down and perfect to get you started with journalling. Lists can include…
…things to do, travel goals, favourite movies, favourite coffee shops, books to read, etc.
• Inspiration: I love to collect inspiration especially for times when I do not feel inspired at all, or when I just want to occupy myself with something I love.
Inspiration can mean…
…quotes, outfit ideas, pictures from magazines, travel ideas, beautiful photography, an inspiring article from a journal, etc.
• Moodboards: Something very creative and very fun. Essentially, moodboards are collages of pictures that evolve around a certain topic. I usually find pictures in newspapers, magazines and the like. Moodboards can for example be created around…
…a season, a hobby, a place, a movie, etc.
• Diary: The easiest way to keep a diary is to just think of five things that made the day special. Here, an important rule of journalling comes into play: Everything counts. It is not necessary to have lived through amazing adventures everyday. A cup of tea and a short walk through the park totally count as highlights too.
• Drawings: It can be so relaxing to just draw something – whether it is drawing patterns or colouring something from a colouring book, I experience it as very stress-releasing and I love to combine this activity with listening to music or podcasts.
• What size and type of journal do you need? Choose a size that you can take easily with you in your every day life. Also consider other characteristics of your journal: What I like most, for example, is a notebook that is either ruled or has blank pages. Moreover, I like the paper to be thick and smooth. What is also important to decide is whether you want a notebook with or without spirals.
• Use colours: Journalling is so much more fun if one uses colourful pens, pencils or highlighters – be it to write titles or draw something in between.
• Stickers are great: Personally, I also love stickers to embellish my journal.
• Don’t pressure yourself: Don’t think you have to write something in your journal every day. The great thing about journalling is that it is completely free of pressure – if you want to make a routine out of it, that is great, but if you don’t feel like it on a particular day, that is totally fine too.
Have any of you ever had a journal or a diary before? If yes, I would love to hear what you like most about journalling! If no, I would be interested in whether this post has piqued your curiosity to try it (:
Take care and see you soon