One of the best ways I know to clear my head of the mental clutter that often accumulates there, is to write a journal.
I love writing, to me, there is something really special about writing in a beautiful, journal or notebook, with a special pen. I have a stash of what I call my ‘special pens’, which I use regularly to write. Actually they really are nothing special except they are purple, and they write in purple ink. ( I am a purple girl from way back, long before it was fashionable to be a purple girl!)
All of my journals are written in purple ink, and for me that makes them unique and for me, more special.
What makes journal writing so special?
There are lots of reasons, here are six of my favourites.
- It clears my head, I tend to write as I am thinking and some days that is very mixed up and other days very clear. Getting it out of my head and down on paper is a wonderful way to create space for more new ideas.
- It is a wonderful record of my journey, my life. Reading some of my journals from years ago gives me a new perspective on where I have come from, what I have achieved, as well as the challenges I have faced and overcome.
- It is a great reminder of particular incidents I may have forgotten, that seemed very important at the time. Often gives me a different perspective.
- It is a wonderful sounding board to record my frustrations and anguishes, and guess what? just writing them down, helps clarify the real issues.
- It is a fantastic tool for expressing Gratitude, even if it feels at times like there is little to be grateful for, just writing something down often gets me thinking of more that I can be truly grateful for.
- It is a fantastic way of documenting my goals and dreams, and my written steps to achieve them.
Is there a special way to write in a journal? a formula?
Personally – I don’t think so, the important part is for you to create a habit around it, so you write regularly, and that you make it a special activity just for you.
To help with this I suggest you buy a special journal or notebook to start with, but in reality a plain notebook will be just fine.
I suggest you try challenging yourself with questions, to stimulate your thinking.
- What have I learned here?
- What could I have done differently or better
- What did I do really well?
- What is important right now?
- What are my next steps
Ultimately it is your special book, and your special time, so Enjoy!
Update: Since I wrote this blog post back in 2013, so much has changed in my life, and that in itself is such a great reason to use a journal.
Thing is, time passes, we move on , we change and grow, we often forget the details, that were so important to us at certain times… having a written record of our lives is a powerful way to remind ourselves of how much we have achieved and what has changed for us.
These days I often use an essential oil when I am journaling, to help me to focus and be present, My favourite is ‘Balance, DoTERRA’s grounding blend.