I’ve been actively writing since I was in the 2nd grade. It all started with a red furry diary that my mom bought me at The Disney Store. It had an embroidered Mickey Mouse head on it and I took that thing everywhere! Since then, I have had about six journals. I may not have saved all of my journals throughout the years, but for me it was more of a method to cope with issues I was going through “at the moment”. I didn’t fill up my journals so that I could go back one day and reminisce (although that can be fun); it was a way of releasing all emotions-good or bad. Can you imagine what my journals from Junior High look like? CRINGE.
There are many different types of journals and different ways to get started journaling, and I will share everything I know with you! But first, why should you start journaling?
Reasons to Start Journaling Now
- Journaling Helps You Harness Your Creativity. The best thing about starting a journal is that you can make it completely unique to your style. From the décor to the content, everything about it can be entirely you! I used to think I wasn’t a very creative person, but I enjoyed drawing and writing so much that I began a journal specifically for unleashing my creativity! Remember, you don’t have to put your journal on display, so be as creative and unique with it as possible.
- Journaling Helps Reduce Stress. The main reason I continued to journal throughout my college days was to reduce my anxiety and stress. Sitting in a quiet room, reflecting on your day, and writing it down can really help to center your emotions. Or if you are like me and would rather not reflect on your worst days, you can always do a little fiction writing.
- Journaling Is A Way To Document Your Life. My early years of journaling were strictly documenting the events in my life. It was absolutely crazy to go back ten years later and read about the moments I completely forgot about. If you are someone who loves to capture all of your memories, journaling is a great way to do so! Hint: If you have ever kept a baby book, guess what? That’s journaling!
- Journaling Helps Assist In Personal Growth. I remember going through a journal from my earlier years and thinking, “wow, that decision I made definitely didn’t work out for the best”. It’s difficult not to grow from any type of journaling. You may begin to see yourself becoming more organized, becoming a better writer, achieving more goals, being more creative, and showing signs of overall personal development.
With so many positive reasons to begin a journal, it’s no surprise that journaling has become super popular! This is also because there are so many different types of journals to fit every lifestyle!
Types of Journals to Keep
- Creative/Art Journal. An art journal is a way to express yourself through writing, drawing, painting, coloring, etc. It’s usually more artwork than actual writing. Scrapbooks, sketchbooks, and portfolios can be considered art journals.
Artist Unknown via Pinterest
- Gratitude Journal. A gratitude journal is a way to reflect on the good throughout your day. You write down words, phrases, or moments through your day that you are truly thankful for. This type of journal is a great stress-reliever!
- Writing Journal. My favorite journal is my writing journal. I use my journal to better my writing by filling it with writing prompts and ideas for stories. Everything in it is fictional, kind of crazy, and completely my own!
- Bullet Journal. Bullet journals are all over Pinterest right now! It is a unique way to plan, sketch, organize, and journal all in one. Using graphs, doodles, and calligraphy, they are a creative way to do it all!
- Stream of Consciousness Journal. This is probably the most common type of journal, especially for younger writers. If you have a diary, then you have this type of journal. It’s basically a journal that you fill up with whatever you are thinking at the moment- how your day was, memories, reminders, anything!
6. Prayer/Meditation Journal. If you are a spiritual person, this might be the right journal for you! A prayer journal can be anything from bible study, bible verses, or your thoughts to a higher power. A meditation journal is a personal reflection following meditation or a spiritual emerging.
There are so many other types of journals you can create, and it’s easy to find ideas on how to get started! Sometimes I will go to Pinterest and search “journal” and look at all the creative and unique journals out there. If you’re interested in getting started, here are a few of my favorite resources.