I challenge you to admit that many of you loved writing diaries when you were little. I belong here too. I always remember peeling my father for another diary, even though the diary there weren’t filled up. No matter how home he was, I always wanted someone else, just to write and write. Most of the time, I was just writing about how my day went, what happened at school, and who was just my best friend. But to this day, I remember the feeling I had at the time: how much better I felt after that. It was as if a weight had been lifted off my shoulder.
Now, after so many years, I really understand just how much it can help to write on a piece of paper everything that is stressing my heart. Especially if I don’t want to share it with others. It’s as if by writing it all down from myself, it didn’t matter so much anymore, could it go on today. Look at your diary like a spiritual trash can. I can’t stress enough to emphasize that you can really describe anything: if a toddler draws a smile on your face on the street, or you’re worried about being late for the bus, it doesn’t matter at all. All that matters is to free everything from yourself. In addition to helping clear your mind, there are some other benefits of writing:
If you are one of themAnd the Whoever doesn’t like to talk about your feelings, it doesn’t even matter if the writing is right for you. If you are overwhelmed with negative thoughts, write them yourself! If you suffer from low self-esteem, recording can be helpful for finding yourself, highlighting or demonstrating your positive qualities. The look can be very handy anyway. I was very skeptical about it because I didn’t get the point. I thought it was stupid to say something would really happen sooner or later. However, I also see this differently from the writing itself. Not a single thing has come true since I think about it regularly, write it down on a sheet of paper, or say it out loud.
Here are some tips to keep in mind when writing a journal:
1. Find the brochure or diary that’s right for you.
Whether it’s a spiral book or a locks journal, it doesn’t matter at all, the important thing is that you love writing in it.
2. Decide what part of the day you want to write.
Personally, I am used to waking up, I like to start the day by spending twenty minutes over my journal beforehand. Of course, if it is more convenient for you, you can write in the evening. In this case, you can summarize the day, describe the highlights, or what you’ll change for the next day. It also doesn’t matter if he doesn’t look the same every day. Write when you feel you need it!
3. Find a place where you can connect and focus on yourself.
There is nothing more important than a calm environment, in which case you can focus on yourself and your feelings as well. My favorite is my bed, or my sofa, with just a mug of coffee.
4. Write down everything on your mind.
It might be hard to keep up with this at first, but over time it will shiver. You don’t have to keep any feelings for yourself because that wouldn’t make any sense at all. As I mentioned before, your diary is spiritual trash.
If you think this won’t work for you, or you still don’t know how to get started, there is another method that can help: Questions. I’m thinking of things like: Today’s goals: “What are the three things I’m grateful for?” What am I doing for my happiness? There are a lot of questions and you are actually giving the answer to what you want. It is important not to force yourself to do anything, as the magic of writing will disappear. I usually answer questions, and sometimes I don’t feel like filling out the pages at all. However, there are also days when words get distracted from me, in which case I don’t think, I’m just writing. The goal is to find the method that works best for you!
Text: Nicolette Horvat