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Write. Reflect. Evolve. How to unlock your best self through a journaling practice

Have you ever felt like life is too loud, too noisy or too busy that you can't even hear your own thoughts?

The hectic reality of this modern world has left me, on more occasions than I care to admit, wanting to silence everything around me and have a sweet second to listen to my mind. In those moments, where it becomes impossible to manage the noise around me, I turn to journaling.

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Journaling is writing down your thoughts, emotions, feelings, memories, and experiences so you can reflect on them.

I love journaling because it allows me to take time and reflect on my personal experiences. This has helped me on my journey of self-discovery, growth and transformation. It is also a very simple practice. There are no rules or limitations, which gives you the freedom to journal however you want.

If you're interested in unlocking your best self through journaling, then keep reading to learn how you can get started with this practice.

A simple guide to get started with journaling

Embrace the freedom

You have a blank page in front of you. This is the moment where you can create a space that reflects who you are.

Your journaling format is as unique as you are, so don't be afraid to experiment with different mediums like notebooks, bullet journals, loose pages, or even digital apps.

This is not a one-size-fits-all. Find what works for your personality, lifestyle, writing preferences and creativity.

Make a date with yourself

It is important to set aside a dedicated time of your day just for introspection and exploration. It doesn't have to be tedious, long or boring.

Remember, it is all about finding what works best for you and your lifestyle. If you can only journal once a week, then do that. If you have one hour each night to journal, then do that.

In order to grow, evolve and unlock your best self, what truly matters is that you make a commitment and follow through.

Embrace the beauty of freewriting

Freewriting allows you to express yourself without limitations. This is a great exercise to let your words pour out and capture every fleeting thought, feeling, and sensation. Don't overthink it. Just write whatever comes to mind, even if it seems random or unexpected.

Use prompts to spark your creativity

We've all been there, sitting with a pen in hand and a blank page filled with infinite possibilities. But we can't even write one word.

Sometimes, when we're tired, stressed, uninspired or blocked, it can be hard to follow through with a journaling practice. In those moments when you're feeling stuck, I suggest you use prompts to guide your writing.

You can find many prompt ideas in Pinterest, YouTube videos and even gather inspiration from songs, books and movies.

Unleash your creativity and embrace your uniqueness

Through journaling you are able to express your individuality, interests and creative skills.

Remember, your journal is a reflection of you. It will grow and change as you do. Don't be afraid to experiment, get messy, and embrace the unique beauty of your soul.

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If you're curious about journaling and want to get started with this practice, try any of these four simple exercises.

One-Sentence Journal

This method is perfect if you're getting started with journaling. You simply write one sentence to capture your thoughts and emotions. You can choose to do a monthly, weekly or daily session to reflect on what you’re grateful for, or focus on a particular topic like self-love, personal growth or any specific interest.

Morning/Evening Pages

In this exercise, you set a time limit to write about anything and everything that crosses your mind. You can choose to do both of them or pick only one. You can adapt the length, format, and content to fit your needs and preferences. Both can help you reflect on your thoughts, process your feelings and emotions, and clear your mind.

Photo Journaling

When words fail, pictures spark inspiration. Use this practice when you’re stuck and don’t know what to write about. Find an inspiring photo (from your camera roll or from Pinterest) and write whatever comes to mind. It can be a story, a reflection, your thoughts, emotions, or any details you want to highlight.

If you’re having trouble deciding what picture to use, you can choose a specific theme like an event in your life, a trip you took, or any interests you have like art, sports, fashion, etc.

Prompt-Based Journaling

This practice is great for those who are new to journaling or for when you’re struggling to find something to write about. You can find many questions and ideas to guide your writing on sites like Pinterest.

Journaling prompts serve as a starting point. You can personalize them to fit your style and interests. They can help you explore topics, emotions, and perspectives that you might not have considered otherwise.

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Are you ready to turn down the volume and quiet the world? Open your notebook, grab a pen, choose a journaling exercise, and embark on your journey of self-discovery.

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Your journal is an expression of your soul, a testament to your unique story. Journaling isn't just a trend; it's a powerful tool for evolving, transforming, and unlocking your best self, one page at a time.

The only wrong way to journal is not to journal at all.

Until next time.

Gabriela Fernández

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