5 Ways to Use a Journal

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We’ve all stumbled across the cliché of the pre-teen girl writing down her deepest, darkest secrets in her diary, but the contemporary journal has become much more than a place to take note of the events of everyday life.

Today we have journals for everything ranging from gratitude to exercise. They’ve become increasingly customizable and many people have even become stationery enthusiasts (myself included), eager to create a visual journal with pens, markers, stickers and more. With all of these options, it may seem a bit overwhelming to decide what to use your journal for. Here are a few ideas to get you started:

1. Fitness Journal

Are you trying to embark on a journey to a healthier lifestyle? Keeping track of your nutrition and exercise is a great way not only to keep yourself accountable, but also to track your progress. You’ll be able to see just how far you’ve come and the impact that your efforts have made.

2. Recipe Book

If you love to cook and you’ve been saving clippings of old family recipes or even creating your own delicious meals, you might consider keeping them written down both for your use and to hand down to future generations. It’ll become easier to recreate winning recipes as well as improve your culinary skills. 

3. Financial Planner

Are you having trouble keeping track of where your money is going? There’s a lot to factor in when you make your weekly, monthly, and even yearly budgets. Writing down what you’re making, what you’re spending, and how you’re feeling when you’re making purchases can help you find patterns in your habits. You’ll feel like you have more control over your life when you can plan for the future. 

4. Travel Journal

Traversing across the globe and embarking on one-of-a-kind adventures creates memories for a lifetime. What better way to keep track of them than writing down your favorite ones? Printing out photos of your trips and adding them to your entries would make it even more fun to relive meeting new people, trying new foods, and seeing new sights. Reflecting on your trips will help you learn more about yourself about the new cultures you’ve experienced.

5. Mental Health

Let’s face it, we have A LOT going on in our daily lives and sometimes we don’t always feel comfortable speaking to someone about our issues, even if we know keeping them bottled up isn’t good for us. Journals are great for this reason; they’re a private space for us to release all of our thoughts in a sort of cathartic experience. They’ve also been shown to help with stress, anxiety, and depression.

With so many more ideas out there on what to journal about, this is just the beginning of a very long list. Hopefully you’re inspired to get started or do some additional research of your own! Make sure to tag us in your #journaljourney photos so we can see how you're using yours!

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