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5 Reasons You Need to Start Journaling Tonight

Updated: Oct 1, 2022

One of my favorite self-care practices, journaling about your thoughts and experiences can help clarify them and bring you the balance you seek.

Three vibrant journals next to each other on hardwood floor with pen
Journaling can help you get centered—one page at a time.

Adding yet another thing to your to-do list when you're already overwhelmed may be out of the question, but what if this extra thing could help bring more clarity and balance to the rest of your life? Enter journaling—one of my favorite self-care practices.

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Journaling helps me to continuously check in with myself, organizes my thoughts and brings laser focus to the areas of my life that are in need of more attention.

Journal every day to be well on your way to more clarity and balance.

Journaling can help you:

  1. Articulate who you are and name what it is that you want.

  2. Become more aware of your habits and patterns so you can modify them if needed.

  3. Let go of stress, release emotions that no longer serve you and process experiences.

  4. Spark creativity, including helping to identify innovative solutions you may not have previously considered.

  5. Connect to the possibilities available to you in every moment.

Practice It: Get Started Today

Buy a blank journal or notebook and write about whatever topics come to mind, or purchase a journal with writing prompts. My book 108 Yoga and Self-Care Practices for Busy Mamas includes 54 journaling prompts to help you get started.

Choose a time of day (morning, lunchtime or before bed) when you can write for at least five minutes. (You may be surprised; five minutes can quickly turn into 20 minutes!) Play music or write in silence—do what works best for you.

Do you journal? Share your tips on how you keep up with a consistent journaling practice on Instagram @JulieGtheYogi.

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