Journaling for beginners

Journaling for Beginners

Journaling is a great way to relieve stress, improve concentration and focus, and explore your inner self. It can help you make sense of events that confuse you or get stuck on things by forcing you to put words to them.

If you’re interested in starting a journal this article will be an insightful read! You might also find our journaling prompts for beginners useful.

Journaling benefits

What is Journaling?

Journaling is simply writing about your thoughts, experiences and feelings. It can be done publicly for friends or family or privately for yourself (and if you journal in private it’s okay to write down personal things).

How do I journal?

There is no right or wrong way to journal as long as you’re able to open up and journal about anything that comes to mind. All you need to journal is a journal and writing utensil.

What are the benefits of journaling?

Journaling provides a number of benefits.

  • journaling can improve memory and concentration
  • journaling pushes you to concentrate more on what you’re writing, which tricks your brain into thinking it’s learning something. As such, journaling can help improve your short term memory as well as overall concentration levels.
  • journaling helps you become a better writer . As journaling can help you concentrate and focus while writing, journaling helps your words be more organized.
  • journaling is a great way to relieve stress as it gives you an outlet for your negative thoughts and feelings.
  • journaling is a personal journey – by writing things down that others may not understand or find value in will help you see things in a new light and will help you realize yourself and who you are.
  • journaling can provide comfort to people going through certain events such as breakups or the death of a loved one by allowing them to express their thoughts and feelings in private.
Journaling is powerful

What journal should I get?

If you’re journaling for the first time, I recommend going to your local bookstore and looking at their journal selection. Read the back of each journal and see which journal seems to be a good fit for you.

Can anyone journal?

Anyone can journal but if you feel that journaling is not suitable for whatever reason it’s okay to journal in private.

Where should I journal?

Anywhere that’s quiet where you can be uninterrupted and undisturbed for the duration of your journaling session is a good place to journal.

How long should my journal entry be?

Journal entries do not need a specific length as they are entirely up to you, however journaling for just a few minutes every day is much better than journaling for an hour once a week.

Are there any disadvantages to journaling?

There are not many disadvantages to journaling but if you share the things that you have written in your journal with others, there may be some people who judge or ridicule what you wrote.

Can journaling help with anxiety?

Yes, journaling can help with anxiety.

Anxiety often stems from a lack of control, and journaling gives you an outlet for your negative thoughts & feelings (which are hard to cope with when they come out) as well as a sense of control over how you express yourself. Journaling is also provides an outlet for anxiety which involves everything journaling is helpful with.

Is journaling appropriate for children?

Yes! Children of all ages benefit from journaling.

It can help them cope with the loss of a loved one or even just an upsetting event like getting bullied in school.

Can journaling be harmful?

There are no known cases where journaling has been harmful, however journaling can lead to journaling addiction if your journal entries take over the majority of your time.

Can journaling help with weight loss?

Yes journaling can help with weight loss. Journaling can help deal with negative thoughts and feelings people have about their bodies which can lead to less comfort eating.

Journaling can also help you realize how great your body is and journaling about what you’re thankful for in your body will make you feel better about yourself.

What are journaling bibles?

A journaling bible is a journal that you can write down all of your personal thoughts and feelings in, so if something bad happens to you and you want an outlet for your emotions journaling bibles are a great way to journal and not get rid of any negative thoughts or feelings.

What are journaling pens?

Journaling pens are a journaling tool that helps you journal in peace, these journaling tools allow you to journal without worrying about the pen running out of ink and they don’t make much noise when writing.

What should I journal about?

Anything that is bothering you or anything that’s on your mind. Don’t feel like journaling is only a place to journal about bad things that happen to you, journaling can be used as a tool where you journal about anything even if it’s something positive.

Can journaling replace therapy?

Journaling cannot replace therapy especially if journaling is a new concept to you but journaling can be used along with therapy. Journaling may be more of an outlet for your emotions than talking to someone which can help make the time spent in therapy more pleasant.

What makes journaling effective?

The reason journaling is effective is because journaling allows you to express how you feel without having to worry about someone judging you or being cruel.

What are some journaling prompts?

Journaling prompts are questions or topics. These prompts can be journaled about and they allow you to journal even when you aren’t sure what to journal about. Here are some example journaling prompts:

  • journal about something you’re grateful for
  • journal how your day is going so far 
  • journal your favorite song lyric 
  • journal what you’re worried about

Journaling is a great way to deal with negative thoughts and feelings without having to worry about being judged. It can also help you find an outlet for emotions that come from events or situations in your life that are hard. Journaling may be more of an emotional release than therapy, but it’s still important not to replace journaling with any other form of mental health treatment like therapy.