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HOW TO START A JOURNALING PRACTICE.

How to start a journaling practice. What better way than with a hot cuppa and a special place.
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How to start a journaling practice. Writing is something I’ve always loved to do. And I’ll be honest I fall behind at too. But when I make my practice consistent, my mindset and motivation is so much more alive. I can even let out a chuckle when I think of some of the things I’ve journaled about over the years.

It has always served as part of my self love routine. Whenever I’m feeling stressed or anxious letting the words flow on paper feels so much more lighter. And you feel so much more productive, here are some ways to be more productive I hope you will love http://www.kristimaree.com/6-ways-to-increase-productivity/

HOW TO START A JOURNAL PRACTICE.

Now I’m here with my hand up saying sometimes, jouranling can just feel like work or another chore. And sometimes I can’t think of a single thing to say. But I keep it as an important habit, even when I don’t feel like it I give myself a good nudge and go do it.

At first I was afraid to journal! Yep I thought to myself what am I supposed to write about. And when am I supposed to write in a journal. The thing was I had no idea where to start. Here are some helpful tips for you whether your new to journaling or doing it for years. Let’s take a look.

WHAT DO I NEED TO JOURNAL?

Ok, the first thing you need to journal is find something to journal on. This can be a notebook or even just a piece of paper. But It is really important to keep it all together. Because when you feel you need to reflect you can just go straight there.

MAKE A COMMITMENT…

It’s just like anything, you need top be clear on what it is you are doing, and when you plan to put the habit in place. It has to be carefully thought to what feels right for you. And then where feels right. Chose a space that feels relaxing and comfortable to you. Then think of the time and how often you are going to give this new habit.

Maybe you want to journal every day or three days a week. And you might only like to journal at night. Some like to only journal in the morning, or both morning and night. For me morning is the time where I feel it most beneficial for me. It’s also a time to start your day with a self-love practice. Have you snagged a copy of my free E Book Self-love a vital part to coping with stress? Grab a copy right here, I hope it changes your life for the better https://view.flodesk.com/emails/5eaec05f82272f0026fdf3a2

ALLOW YOURSELF THE TIME. HOW TO START A JOURNALING PRACTICE.

I can be both a slow writer and a faster. That is why you need to make sure you give yourself a decent amount of time to write. And this will depend on how much you intend to write, so be clear on this too. It will really help if you are trying to make it a daily daily habit.

NOW IT’S TIME TO WRITE..

So it’s time to head to your special spot you have already picked out, with your steamy hot cuppa of course! Settle in nice and cozy, and try to not overthink things to much trying to find what to write. Because then it can feel forced, just let your mind flow and see what pop up. But always remember to be honest . Therefore think about what topics that you feel drawn too, and what’s taking up energy in your mind. This next step is so important. I want you to take a look back at what you have written. Is there anything you notice? How do things feel now and do you know what you need to do next?

TIME TO REPEAT. HOW TO START A JOURNALING PRACTICE.

If you plan on making journaling a consistent habit, you need to do it on a consistent and regular basis. Because I can say from experience it’s easy to talk yourself out of writing today. And I can promise you if you decide to write, you will be quite amazed at what you uncover. Why not try journaling for a whole week and make it part of your schedule.

WHAT DO I DO WHEN I CAN’T FIND ANYTHING TO SAY?

So much of the time we think our writing has to be eventful or entertaining. But that is not the case. For me sometimes when I journal it just feels like a bunch of garbage. So make sense of it later, don’t put pressure on yourself. When it feels like garbage is when it will end up making the most sense.

Remember writing is therapeutic. Therefore let go of all the perfectionism and just let your mind flow naturally. Enjoy the journey, this journey is often the one we really need to take. Just let things come naturally as they are ready, don’t push things to happen. Believe me your mind will tell you when it is ready. Allow this to be a practice in the art of self-love also, taking the time for you. And checking in with your own emotions and mindset. And recognizing what it is you need in that moment. As I have said self-love is the building blocks to our own success and happiness.

Kristi Xx

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