I’ve got a love-hate relationship with journals and planners. I start getting consistent and then fall off after a while.
With the help of my spiritual guidance coach, I have developed a journaling routine that feels so freaking good that I look forward to doing it everyday.
I talked briefly about what my journal routine looks like in my Mindful Morning Routine post. This has definitely evolved since that post and I look forward to sharing it with you below!
Journaling has become way more popular these days. It’s no longer just a thing that kids and teens do to confess their deep love for the cute boy in class. It’s evolved so much into an incredible mindful, self-development tool that can take your practice to the next level.
Before we get into what I’m doing these days, I want to take a minute to say that I understand not everyone has time to do what I do on a day to day basis. My journal routine takes me about 10 minutes a day and that works for my lifestyle. I know some of my busy mom readers can’t even manage to find 10 minutes!
Your practice should become something that feels good to you, that fits into your schedule and that gives you a feeling of sincere joy.
My morning journal routine looks the same every single day. I start out by writing 10 things that I am grateful for. I try and keep them different day to day and steer away from keeping them all material items. I try to think of all things to be grateful for, from the tiniest things to the most meaningful.
After my gratitude list I write 10 things that I love about myself. No, I’m not a narcissist. I’m coming from being a very insecure person who obsessed on trying to be perfect all of the time. This list is a way for me to connect with things that bring me joy about myself and gives me a way to connect with my beautiful imperfections.
Night Time Journaling
My night time routine looks different depending on how I’m feeling. I typically do 1 of 3 techniques here.
Most of the time I do a mix between manifesting and writing about my day. I’ll write about something powerful that happened during the day and then follow it up with my feelings of manifestation.
If I had a rough day with my inner critic, I’ll do a technique that I learned in Feeling Good by Dr. Burns. This involves writing out negative thoughts that I had during the day and turning them into positive, truthful versions of what I told myself. This has greatly impacted the way that I think on a day to day basis and has given me the inner dialogue that I need to call myself out when I’m being a Debbie Downer.
If the day was pretty mellow and I don’t have too much going on, I’ll write out a page full of affirmations. These could be about myself or things that I’m wanting to manifest. I don’t stick to a set theme here. Just let my mind go and the words flow!
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Like I said before, your journaling routine should be set up in a way that works with your lifestyle. Everyone is different and has different factors that need to be adjusted to fit a practice like this in.
I can honestly say that the adjusting of my schedule to fit this in has been life changing. It was hard to stay committed to the practice, but now that I am doing it on a daily basis I can definitely tell a difference in my mindset.