This post originally appeared on my daily journal prompt website a few years ago called Daily Aspire.
Journaling has been a game changer for me. While most of the time, I choose to follow a gratitude journaling practice, I do also break out my notebook just to work through the thoughts in my head, document certain things, or try to figure out what I’m feeling.
Whether or not you are new to journaling, starting a new habit can be tricky. I totally get it. We are really excited before it all begins so those first few days (maybe even weeks) we stick with it, the adrenaline just carries us through. Then it starts to fade, we find ourselves busy and making excuses and next thing you know, it’s been two weeks and we haven’t even thought about it.
I find this to be true regardless of the healthy habit we’re trying to create – journaling, meditation, yoga, exercise, meal prep, etc. I think you get the picture. But I want this to be different. I want this to be a habit you can maintain. As such, I’ve pulled together five of my top tips for creating a consistent journaling habit. Ready?
I hope everyone had a good weekend! I’m trying to get ahead on some of my blogging these next few weeks in an attempt to prepare for my upcoming trip to Iceland, hopeful busier schedule (fingers crossed to be working again soon!), and let’s get real, just up my blogging game again. I’m playing around with a few ideas right now but I’m going to keep that quiet for the time being as I try to get the puzzle pieces together. Don’t you love a little anticipation? 😉
Anyway, one of the things I’ve been doing for the last few months is setting a daily fitness challenge. I’ve done push-ups, burpees, and planks. While I try to work out more days than not each week, even on my rest days, I would try to take a minute to get my daily challenge done. It was just enough to get my heart rate up.
Gosh, I have to admit that I hate saying there are days when I am just not myself. We’re all human and while I know we all have those days, let’s get real, it doesn’t make it any easier when they hit. I had my day on Monday. I was a mess.
In fact, I think it actually started Sunday night. I was feeling the anxiety for the week ahead. The need to kick back up the job search, the stress that often unravels around filing for my weekly unemployment benefits, waiting to hear back about a couple interviews from last week, gearing up for the interviews this week, trying to decide how I can do ALL THE THINGS I want to do with my life and convince myself that I CAN.
And just like that, we’re nearly halfway through May. How did that happen? Time is flying by! I’m glad that winter has finally stepped aside and allowed spring to show it’s face. I’m excited for hikes in my neighborhood, upcoming trips, lots of time outside, and yoga on the deck. I’ve already done a few of these things but plan on there being a lot more of it to come!
Anyway, it’s time we catch up with what’s going on in life, both mine and yours!