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6 Different Journaling Techniques

6 Different Journaling Techniques

Journaling is a great way to reduce your stress levels, increase self-reflection, and build a better sense of well-being. Overall, it can be a great tool for improving your mental health. Through journaling, you can externalize thoughts you're having to assist in processing those thoughts and the emotions that go along with those thoughts. Keep reading to learn six different journaling techniques.

  1. Visual & Artistic Journaling

If you're a creative and artistic person, art could be a better way to process your feelings instead of words. As with all types of journaling, there is no right or wrong way to do it. You could draw, paint, collage, mix art with writing; whatever you see fit. You can express your feelings, keep track of ideas, and work through any challenges in a judgment-free zone through art.

  1. Freewriting

Freewriting is setting aside time to let your thoughts flow and write without a specific prompt. You could write about what you did that day, where you see yourself in 5 years, your favorite memory; it could be whatever you want. Just allowing yourself to write without pausing or worrying if you're staying on a topic can give you the time to sort through something confusing and sort out your emotions. It can also help with self-acceptance to spill out your emotions without any judgment.

  1. Unsent Letters

Everyone has a person with whom they left things unsaid or unresolved. With unsent letters, you can write down everything you wished you said and everything you want to say without having to send it. Whether it's expressing appreciation, anger, hurt, or love, an unsent letter is a great way to release all of those feelings. It can be an extremely cathartic way to manage your emotions.

  1. Planning Journal

A journal can be a great way to plan your day with goals and provide perspective to your day. Writing down your goals can help you achieve them and assist in identifying your priorities. Utilizing exercises such as writing down goals, listing what you're grateful for, and naming items you're letting go of in your life. You can focus on your priorities and include some positivity in your day so each day, you're working towards being a better you.

  1. Gratitude Journaling

Gratitude journaling is one of the most powerful journaling techniques that can help improve your mental health and well-being. Taking time to analyze what you're grateful for can make you a happier person by highlighting the great things in your life. Don't try and rush through these gratefulness prompts - take the time to dig deep and experience those emotions.

A few examples of gratefulness prompts are:

- A previous relationship that helped you be the person you are today

- An opportunity you have now that you didn't previously

- Experiences that have helped shape you

  1. Bullet Journaling

Bullet journals can be a great organization tool if you're trying to get your life in order. Compared to a traditional planner, a bullet journal can include whatever you want. It could be to-do lists, habit trackers, brainstorming, reminders, mood trackers, and more. Bullet journals are meant to include all that you deem important in your life and want to keep track of. You can design the pages in whatever format works best for you. With bullet journaling being extremely popular within the past ten years, there is plenty of inspiration online on how to structure your own bullet journal.

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