31 days of journaling sounds like a long time and a lot of hard work but it’s not if you’re only spending 5 minutes a day doing this. There is no reason why you should need to spend any more time journaling in your day. 5 minutes of journaling can open up your mind to new ideas, and new views of your world and the people in your world too.
Right side vs Left side
Writing activates the analytical and rational left side of our brains. This leaves the right side free to be creative. Because of this writing can remove many mental blocks allowing us to delve deep into our brain power to work through issues as well as better understand the world and people around us.
Some benefits of journaling
- Journaling clarifies misunderstood feeling and emotions
- It helps us to solve problems
- It calms us and reduces stress
- Increases self-understanding as well as understanding of others
- Creates a feeling of accountability
- It allows for personal growth and healing
- Journalism is known to strengthen the immune system and decrease depression and anxiety
- Creatively allows you to explore and be more curious
I invite you to join me for 31 days of journaling
For the month of August, I invite you to journal with me for 31 days. Only 5 minutes a day. If you decide that you’re inspired and need to carry on, then that’s great. But you don’t need to. All I’m asking is for 5 minutes a day.
Where do I start?
- Sign up to join me on this journey over here
- Pick a journaling style that suits you. Digital or paper? I have used both but I love the idea of a paper journal.
- Get a beautiful journal so that every time you look at it, you want to write in it.
- Keep it close. If you’ve chosen a digital journal then make sure you use an app like Evernote that syncs across all your devices so that your “journal” is always on hand. If you’re going for paper then make sure you keep your journal close by, just in case inspiration strikes.
- Forget perfection. I have had so many journals in my life and I have stopped writing in all of them because it never looked perfect. My journals were never neat enough to me. Once I ditched the idea of perfectionism, I never stopped journaling.
- Block out distractions for 5 minutes. Step away from your laptop/phone/television and just be in the now with your journal. It’s only 5 minutes.
- Just write. Write whatever comes to mind. Just write. Even if, it’s got nothing to do with your prompt or topic of the day. Just write.