Journaling is a great way to take a #BrainBreak and practice mindfulness!
Nae discusses the benefits of journaling, how to journal, and easy journaling tips, tricks, techniques, and ideas!
Journaling is an effective tool to becoming more intentional, practicing mindfulness, and sparking creativity. Some people journal to support mental health while others use it as an artistic outlet—and sometimes both! Either way, journaling is a great way to reduce anxiety, improve memory, achieve goals, and think creatively. If you’re in need of a #BrainBreak from school (or work!), all you need is 15 minutes to write!
So how do you get started? Gather your supplies! You’ll need 15 minutes (or more if you’d like!), your favorite pens, and a notebook. There are many ways to tackle to journaling. Here are a few great ways to get started:
Use Journaling Prompts
Don’t know what to write? There are so many fantastic writing prompts you can use to get your mind and pen moving. Prompts can often be reflective or used to spark creativity! Try some of these:
What are your top 5 favorite songs?
Name 3 things that make you smile.
What is something that you are really good at?
What advice would you give your younger self?
You just won the lottery! How will you spend your winnings?
Looking for more? Check out these great lists below:
Another great way to journal is to free write. Free writing is as simple as it sounds—simply sit down and start writing. Try not to self-edit or overthink but write whatever thoughts come into your mind for a set period of time. So, if you use the 15-minute recommendation, set a timer and start writing! This is a great way to clear your mind, ease any anxiety, and spark creativity.
Your journal doesn’t have to only include writing. If drawing is your preferred medium, draw or doodle in your journal. Much like free writing, you can set yourself a timer and start drawing whatever comes to mind. It doesn’t have to be great, so don’t pressure yourself. Drawing or doodling in your journal is another effective way to practice mindfulness and get yourself in a more productive mindset.