Journaling is more than just keeping a diary. It is a surprisingly effective way of relieving stress, getting in touch with your true feelings, and discovering your genuine path in life. It can also be an enormously helpful self-improvement tool.
The act of journaling can allow you to identify any bad habits, uncover their root cause, and eliminate them. When your bad habits are gone, you will be more productive, less stressed, more happy, and even healthier (both mentally and physically). Journaling as a self-improvement tool is very valuable.
Here's how to start journaling, as well as how to use it to identify negative habits and change them for the better.
Make Journaling Itself a Habit
Getting the most out of journaling means making it a habit. It needs to become so much a part of your everyday schedule that you don't feel like you've done everything you're supposed to do on any given day unless you journal.
Start by setting aside a time each day when you will have ten to fifteen minutes of quiet, uninterrupted time to write in your journal. It can be any time of the day, but ideally, it should be at a time when you are at your most alert and creative, and it should be at the same time every day. By journaling at the same time every day, it will be easier for it to become a habit.
Experts say that it takes thirty days of consistently doing something on a regular schedule to make it a habit. So, expect it to be something you have to make yourself do at first, but be sure to make yourself do it. After you've been doing it for about thirty days, it should be so much of a habit that you can't imagine your day without doing it.
Do Some Freestyle Writing at First
The important thing to remember about journaling is to not force it. When you sit down to journal, be it on your computer or in a paper notebook, just write about whatever comes to your mind at first. That way, journaling won't seem like a chore.
Getting your thoughts down in writing will seem like fun, almost like you're confessing your deepest, darkest secrets to a trusted friend, or just expressing your opinions to someone who will listen without judgment.
It is quite cathartic, and a good way to start off your journaling sessions with no pressure on you to write about anything in particular. When you make it fun and enjoyable this way, you are more likely to want to keep doing it.
Let Your Concerns and Desires Come Out Naturally in the Journal
You may not write about your bad habits at all the first few times you journal, and that's okay. It's important to not force anything, or it will feel like a chore and you won't want to do it.
The more you journal, letting what's on your mind come to you freely and writing it as it flows from your mind to your fingers, the more likely it will become that you will start thinking about the things in your life you want to change and how to change them. These things will include your negative habits.
You may start out just writing what they are and how you feel about them, then maybe move on to writing about how changing them would improve your life. You may also write about your goals and other things you want to manifest.
These may include changing your bad habits, or could be other things entirely. The more you write about your desires, the more likely you are to discover the root of them, and open yourself up to the universe revealing ways you can achieve them.
Hone in on the Causes of Your Bad Habits
Once you naturally start writing about your bad habits, you can put more focus in your writing by honing in on their cause. Once you know the root cause of your bad habits, you will feel a lot better. You won't think you are just a terribly flawed person.
You will know those flaws have a beginning and a cause, and so can be changed. Knowing the cause will actually give you a lot more confidence that you can change them. You will be amazed at the things your subconscious will reveal to you once you start to think about your bad habits in the form of journaling.
Let the Solutions Reveal Themselves in Their Own Time
The more you write about your negative habits and their cause, the closer you will get to solving them and turning them around. Don't expect it to happen in the first session. It may take a while for your subconscious to open up to you. But it will, eventually.
Your subconscious is where your intuition lives, and your intuition is your connection to all of your hidden knowledge about yourself, as well as your connection to the knowledge the universe provides to you. You will relax more, mentally, the more you write, and this will cause your subconscious to lower its guards and open up to you.
When it does, the answers you seek about how to turn around your bad habits and lead a better, happier life will reveal themselves to you. The important thing to remember is that it will happen in its own time, so don't force it (because it won't work) or be frustrated if it takes a while. It will happen, and you will get the answers you seek.
Other Ways to Relax Yourself So Your Subconscious Opens Up to You
Journaling is a very powerful technique for relaxing and discovering the hidden information your subconscious has to give you about how to turn your negative habits around and lead a happier, healthier, more productive life. Being relaxed is key to getting your subconscious to open.
You can try add-on methods of relaxation to make your journaling sessions more effective. Energy healing methods such as Reiki, aura cleansing, chakra opening, and therapeutic touch are all things you can use to relax.
Give them a try, especially if it seems like your subconscious it taking a long time to open up. You can also use these methods at the beginning of journaling to make it a more beneficial practice in a shorter period of time. Or, just use these methods to relax.
When you're relaxed, you will find words will flow more easily in your journaling, and your bad habits will soon be things of the past.Click to edit your new post...