How to Journal Effectively
Journaling is a healthy way for women to express their creativity in a safe environment where they can create without worrying about other people’s opinions. You can be as girly and silly as you want. This is your safe space.
Setup your workspace
Find a place that you are going to be comfortable. Some people like to get out in the community and write at coffee shops or in the park, but most ladies choose to use a standard desk setup. Give it a little personality with lovely desk accessories for women, or consider a rose gold pen holder. Setup a potted plant or cut flowers to create a lovely space ready to be used.
Grab a cup of coffee or your favorite tea and take a moment to relax. Journaling should be an experience dedicated to enjoying yourself and it is hard to do that if you are stressed out from work or the kids. Take a few deep breaths and get ready to pick up your pen.
Writing in a journal is also a great way to help you relax and de-stress. If something is bothering you then you should write it down. Get it out of your system so that it can live on the journal page instead of inside your head where it is easy to stew over things.
A journal is the perfect place to keep that To-Do list organized you’ve been trying to keep straight in your head. Use special pen sets for women to give yourself that luxurious feeling of journaling with a favorite and beautiful writing tool. The act of crossing off each item as you finish it is surprisingly satisfying and gives you a visual history of all the hard work you’ve done.
You can also use list prompts to give you inspiration for what to write about when the blank page is staring you down. Here are a few to get you started:
- Bucket List – Write about all the things you want to see and do in your lifetime. Consider places you want to travel or accomplishments you wish to achieve.
- Holiday shopping list – As you think of presents to buy your family for the holidays, write yourself a note so you don’t forget anyone.
- Favorite cloths/seasons/books/movies/etc – Make lists of your favorite things. It is fun to do and look back on. In five years, you might look back on your list and laugh at your passion for big hair held in place with way too much hairspray.
There are many studies that suggest the practice of Grateful Journaling is good for your health. It is a simple activity where you write down things you are grateful for. There are a few standard ways people do this:
- Every day when you wake up, write down one thing you are grateful for. Make this the first thing you do in the morning.
- Whenever something good happens that you are grateful for, write down a note in your journal. It can be as long or as short as you choose. Think of things like getting a promotion, a fun day with your kids, or simpler things like the beautiful bird song you heard.
Journaling doesn’t have to be limited to writing lists or words on a page.
You can try alternative activities like blackout poetry. This is where you cut or rip out a book page and attach it to your journal with glue or tape. Take a marker, sharpies work well, and cross out all the words you don’t need. When you are done, you will be left with a few words on the page that make a short poem when read together.
Another fun activity you can do with a book page is to make found poetry. Cut out words that you like from the book. Arrange them in your journal in a new way to build a short poem. Glue or tape the words into place.
Use your journal to doodle little drawings. You don’t have to be an artist to enjoy drawing. Try simple things like flowers, leaves, and vines. The practice of doodling is very relaxing and therapeutic.
There is no right or wrong way to journal. Have fun with what you are doing. Use stylish office supplies and pens to inspire you to keep up with your journaling. The Mesmos family knows that there are no limitations or rules and we want to share our love of journaling with beautiful supplies with you. Checkout the shop to see some items that might help you in your journaling journey.