So, You Want To Start Journaling? Here’s How

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If wondering how to start journaling and unsure of where to start, then you’ve come to the right place!

Journaling is a popular topic in the self-help and personal development community.

Understandably so. Having a journal is a great way to improve your mental health, emotional well-being, and quality of life.

Check out this article that goes into depth about the health benefits of journaling if you need a bit more convincing.

Still, with all the benefits, I do realize it’s not always easy to get into the habit of writing every day. It’s a practice that takes time to develop.

The Art of Journaling

Every day brings new challenges that we endure.

Journaling helps us reflect on the lessons we learn from our experiences if we take the time to write them down. It allows us to process both good and bad feelings.

Journaling lets you get those thoughts out of your head, so you don’t have to continually play them over in your head. You can release thoughts of a bad day more easily. Writing it out allows you to process it more easily.

You’re freeing up space for different, positive thoughts and emotions to fill your head.

The Best Mediums

The first step is figuring out how you want to document! Keep in mind that there is no right or wrong way to keep track of your thoughts.

Some people like using a notebook and pen to write down their thoughts, while others enjoy typing on their phones or laptops.

What matters most is what you think about while you’re writing down your ideas.

Your medium should be suitable for your needs and preferences. The ideal journaling medium is the one you can stick to and use on a regular basis to document your thoughts, aspirations, and emotions.

Below I’ve listed the three most common options. I’ve tried them all so I can attest that they all work to some degree.

1. Apps on your phone.

I first started journaling in my notes app. I was opposed to pen and paper because I didn’t have a lock to place on it and I didn’t want people snooping in it.

But now, pen and paper are my go-to. I’m always on my phone and journaling gives me a break from the screen time.

If you wish to start on your phone, a quick search on any of the electronic stores (Apple Store, Google Play, Microsoft Store) should offer a range of options to choose from. There are numerous apps available that are either designed for journaling or may be used to journal.

Or you could simply use the notes app on your phone.

We never leave anywhere without our phones so why not conveniently document how we’re feeling during the day.

Speaking of apps on your phone, do you need some motivation in your life? For my podcast lovers out there looking for new podcasts or even people who want to get started, I have two podcast recommendation posts on my blog. Be sure to check them out if you’re interested:

Self-Help Podcasts That Will Actually Improve Your Life

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2. A physical notebook.

Journaling with a pen and paper is the oldest and most traditional method.

Although there isn’t any solid evidence for this, handwriting is typically thought to be the better option than typing or recording because it’s usually slower. It forces you to slow down and think more deeply about what you’re writing on paper, which in turn helps you process things better.

It’s my personal favorite, to be honest. Just seeing how my handwriting evolves or the tear-streaked pages that cover some of the pages. These are a few aspects you can’t get with writing digitally, in the same way as in a physical notebook. There could also be different emotions evoked by the two.

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How it works

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It’s also relatively safe if you’re journaling in a secure environment. So if you live with people or around people who might invade your privacy, a physical journal might not be the best option. Try out others!

3. An audio journal.

This is for the people that don’t enjoy writing, already do enough of it at their jobs or school, or simply don’t want to have something extra to carry.

You don’t even need to download any apps for this. Your phone should already have the Voice Memos app installed.

I stopped using this method because you can’t quickly go back and search specific points from past entries, and you’ll need to record in a quiet spot where you won’t be overheard.

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How to Start Journaling:

Making journaling a habit takes time. Set aside about fifteen to twenty minutes a day. Your handwriting doesn’t have to pretty and perfect either. When I find time to write at the end of the day, I just dump whatever comes to mind on paper. The focus is about writing everything down and not missing anything. That’s all that really matters honestly.Keep in mind that there is no right or wrong way of journaling.If you’re having writer’s block, there are several websites and videos with topic ideas that you can write about daily. @/welcometoyourjournal and @/hello_kimberlyy on Tiktok are my favorites. I’m always on Tiktok anyway, might as well benefit from it.

Treat your journal as a close and unbiased friend. One that you wouldn’t doubt their loyalty. One that you know won’t go telling your business so there’s no need to hold back on your feelings and emotions. To get the most out of journaling, you write about your deepest, most innermost thoughts and feelings. Trust me, this one doesn’t judge.

When you look back over your entries. Examine of all the decisions you’ve made, it can be much easier to recognize negative habits and traits.

This post should help you jumpstart your journey of making journaling a habit of your own.

With love, khaamisa <3

About the Blogger: Mufidah

IMG_4763.jpgI’m Mufidah, the creator of, a self-improvement and personal growth blog. So, all things self-care, self-love, productivity, wellness, and beauty. Ultimately, the goal here is to give advice and tips that uplift women and help them grow into their best selves. The blog is fairly new, yet growing exponentially, so any engagement/support is appreciated. If you know me, you know I love journaling as it has helped me get through so much in the past. People often underestimate the power of keeping a journal, so I decided to dedicate this post to introducing its added benefits. This is also beginner-friendly for those that want to jumpstart their journey.

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