Updated: Apr 13, 2020
About a year ago I purchased my first journal. What I loved so much about this particular journal was that it was a ‘weekly journal’ which wasn’t overly committal for someone who just wanted to start journaling. (I wanted to avoid this turning into one of those things 'we try’)
But my actual, favourite thing about this journal is that it is prompted. I loved this because I knew I wanted to journal, I wanted to express myself, but had no idea where to start or what to write about. At the end of each week it asks me to reflect on the week I just had and closes with a call to action for the week to come.
Once I started; I felt a sense of release and I felt proud for having dedicating ten minutes to have a conversation with myself, and my heart, once a week.
I honestly feel so blessed to be able to connect to my heart regularly and truly evaluate my feelings and I attribute a lot of that towards reflective journaling.
Benefits of keeping a journal;
· Improve your writing
· Set & achieve your goals
· Record ideas on-the-go
· Relieve stress
· Allow yourself to self-reflect
· Boost your memory
· Inspire creativity.
It is proven that routine, reflective journaling, alters your perspective and allows the brain to seek out moments, and people, that are relative to your journaling. Consider this, if you are continually asked what you learnt from an experience you will start looking for experiences to learn from.
I googled ‘what is a reflective journal?’;...
‘A reflective journal is a place to write down your reflection entries. It can be something good or bad that happened to you that you can self-reflect and learn from. A reflective journal also provides a better understanding of your thought process.'
I learnt while I was journaling weekly that I didn’t always remember what I had done that previous week and the more I did this practice the more I looked for moments to remember that I could put in my journal. It allowed me to slow down and really acknowledge moments from a present and grateful place.
When I was having a great phone conversation with my grandmother I was able to think “I am going to put this as one of my highlights of my week”..
Reflection is the first step to gratitude.
So being the end of the week I have finished my journal and I thought what better time for you guys to start journaling.
However I did consider that what if you don’t know ‘how to’ or know what to write about.. So I’d like to share some of my favourite reflection questions to hopefully get your journal juices flowing!
First of all I recommend finding a nice quiet place. Sometimes I light a candle; playing some meditative music never fails to get me in the zone. I also have made a connection that after I have planned out my week to come and tied off any of my ‘to do’ lists from the last week; is when I feel the most free and open to this process.
You will also notice that the questions are in present tense and in first person. There is something truly powerful about communicating directly to your inner self and committing to yourself in the moment; pay attention to how to phrase your answers.
It’s okay if you don’t have a ‘specific journal’, just grab a note pad, pen and start writing! I will say its not always easy, but it has gotten much easier over time and I have learnt to be confident in assessing my thought process and emotions now in real life time.
I hope you enjoy some of these prompts at the bottom of the page and that you are able to open yourself up and reach your heart.
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