Sarah Guerrero is a freelance writer and contributor to Slow North. She has a degree in international business from St. Mary’s University in San Antonio, Texas, and writes about sustainable business practices and ethical living.
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The other day, my mom found my diary from when I was six. She FaceTimed me so I could see it: a tiny little book with a rabbit on the front and inside, looping, giant letters and dubious spelling, my “bist frens” names written over and over.
You might have journaled, too, when you were six--or maybe not. Either way, journaling now, as an adult, can lead to increased gratitude and joy, a better understanding of yourself and others, better physical and emotional health, and even a higher IQ!
Perhaps even more important, however, journaling can increase your peace. There’s no right or wrong way to do it, and working through self-doubts, questions, fears, memories, hopes, and dreams on paper can help you silence your inner critic (or at least give her the day off), calm troubled emotions, and keep fears from taking over.
Journaling is especially effective because it doesn’t require anything special--no workout gear, no special knowledge or expertise.
Sure, you can light a candle or diffuse some essential oils or write in a beautiful journal (more on these later)--but you can also just grab your phone and start jotting things down in your notes app.
Nobody will ever see your journal, so you don’t have to worry about grammar, sentence fragments, or spelling. You don’t even have to stick to the prompt! Let your mind rove. This is for you--these pages are sacred.
Here are a few ideas for helping you practice mindfulness while you journal:
Ready to get started? Here are 21 prompts to help you increase peace in your life--screenshot this, or bookmark this page to come back to daily!