Self-improvement

How to Use Journaling to Create a More Meaningful Day

It all began a couple of months ago when I decided to start journaling daily. I was on Facebook and I was talking to a woman about anxiety and manifesting. She gave me a few ideas on how she manifest and copes with anxiety/stress and I wanted to try it for myself.

I’ve always had a love for writing, but I was never consistent when it came to journaling. For example, I had started a 30-day journaling challenge last year and I literally only made it to day 6.

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However, I decided that I wanted to give journaling another try because my anxiety was through the roof and I needed a positive outlet to keep me calm and focused.

So, what did I do? I began journaling every morning once I woke up and every night before bed.

Let’s just say… I LOVE IT!

I tried many different ways to journal until I found something that truly stuck with me and it helps me create a more meaningful day.

In this post, I will introduce the way that I journal to create a more meaningful day, how you can start your own journal and a worksheet to help you along the way.

  1. Gratitude //

The first topic I write about in my journal is GRATITUDE. Gratitude is the quality of being thankful. It’s so very important to live each day with a grateful heart. So, upon waking up I write 3-5 things that I am grateful for. According to an article from Psychology Today, gratitude improves physical health, psychological health, enhances empathy, and much more. Imagine what it could do for you!

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Here are a few examples :

  • I am grateful for my friends and family — they are always there when I need them.
  • I am grateful for waking up this morning and being able to see another day.
  • I am grateful for having a roof over my head.



2. Manifesting //

The second topic I write about in my journal is MANIFESTING. If you have no clue what the heck manifesting is, it is creating what you want through visualization. Which is something we do every day without even realizing it through our thoughts and feelings. With manifesting we can create a life we love. So, I always speak my wants and desires into existence as if I already have it.

Here are a few examples :

  • Thank you universe for my six-figure income.
  • Thank you universe for my 2017 Mercedez Benz c300

By speaking and feeling as if you already have the things that you want, you are manifesting it into your life. Think it, feel it, and believe it.


3. Self Affirmations //

The third topic I write about in my journal is SELF AFFIRMATIONS. Self Affirmations are the recognition and assertion of the existence and value of one’s individual self. This also goes right along with manifesting as well.

The mental chatter in our minds can be so negative and destructive to our self-esteem. I’ve had thoughts like “You are not good enough” or “You are a failure.” By turning those statements around and replacing it with positive affirmations it could truly change the way you see yourself.

Here are a few examples :

  • I am beautiful flaws and all
  • I am proud of the woman I am becoming.
  • I am more than enough.

4. Reflections //

The last topic I write about in my journal is REFLECTIONS. I write my reflections before I go to bed. So, I reflect back on my day and I write down all the good and bad that happened that day. Reflecting helps you become more self-aware and through reflecting you can learn from your successes and also your mistakes. It’s literally my FAVORITE part of the day!

Here’s an example :

  • Today was a pretty productive day. I got most of my work done and I also sent out some emails. I am feeling more motivated than ever, especially since I’ve been feeling down in the dumps for a couple of weeks now. My anxiety has been under control today, for the most part… (Yeah, you get it)

These are the 4 topics that I journal about and it truly helps me start and end my day on a much more positive note.

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Here are a few tips on how you can start your own journal.

Get a journal – It could be an old notebook or you could use an app on your phone. There are two apps that I’ve used when it came to journaling – one is Penzu and the other is Kyo. If you’re worried about your privacy both of those apps have passcode options.

Be consistent – Find a time that works for you and journal every day. I journal in the mornings when I wake up just to set the tone for my day. Pick a time that is best for you and stay consistent.

Date your entries – Always date your entry everytime you write. My entry normal starts like “February 8, 2018.” It’s good to date your entries so when you reflect back on your writing you can see how much you’ve grown over time.

Time yourself – Spend about 5-10 minutes journaling. Setting a timer may get you motivated to just write and not think too much about it.

Just write – If you’re not used to writing, that’s okay! Just write down whatever feelings or thoughts arise. Be completely truthful because you’re the only one that’ll be reading it anyways.

So, now that we’ve got that out of the way. Are you ready to start your own journal? I have a worksheet just for you!

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26 Comments

  1. What a cute idea! I struggle with anxiety too, so I usually void writing my thoughts down because I feel like my thoughts are constantly with me lol. But I really find this approach interesting and just may try it out!

  2. I love this! One of my goals for the new year was to journal at least once a week, and while I haven’t been keeping up with that as much as I should (whoops!), I’ve still been using my daily happiness journal, so I’m at least proud of that.

  3. I have to save this so I can print it form my computer! I definitely could use some more positive and encouragement 24/7! This looks like a really good way to get daily motivation!

  4. This is so nice and such a great idea! I love writing, but for some reason have never felt comfortable with journaling. Whenever I read back what I’ve written, I feel so dumb.

  5. I love this. I have used journaling before to work through an issue and I find that helpful in processing. I have also used journaling to track my pain, and I found that to be anxiety causing. I love the idea of using journaling for gratitude and self affirmations. Echoes a lot of what I have learned about around cognitive behavioural therapy for pain management.

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