If you’ve been keeping up with the trends, you’ve probably heard or read about the art of journaling.
And while it’s hard to admit— even for those who swear they love it— it’s easy to have a love-hate relationship with keeping a journal. It’s hard work and commitment.
However, with it comes the benefits— and it’s more than just to help you record your memories or find self-expression. It reduces stress, keeps your memory sharp, and boosts your mood.
So if you wish to start (or restart) journaling, here are three options for you to consider!
Devotional journals are one of the most popular types of journals. These are not themed for a specific religion or spiritual practice so everyone can use them. You can write scriptures, passages, or quotes and reflect upon them through writing. You can use this kind of journal to work through your spiritual issues or attain spiritual-religious goals you may have. (Read: A Prayer to Start the Week With God)
My Pope Tip: Pope Francis’ homilies and angelus messages to the public are full of wisdom. Search for his quotes and reflect upon your day to day on that!
If you’re the type to keep things organized, neat, and clean and want to have a break from THAT life, try your hand at wreck journal. It is a humorous approach to journaling and is great for people who tend to start journaling only to stop again after a short period.
Wreck journals give you tasks to do each day such as: doodling on a page, ripping a page and throwing it away, or even burying your whole journal in the dirt for the whole day! The idea is to get stress out of your system while being creative and having fun– in a way. (Read: Stressed or Tired? Have a Moment with The Lord with this Prayer!)
Bullet journals are so popular because they can be used for a variety of reasons: you can use them as a daily or weekly planner, track the progress of goals, or keep snippets of thoughts if you’re not into long-form writing. It is flexible and versatile! (Read: 5 Reasons Why Meditation Should Be Part of Your Daily Routine)
The trick is to how to note your bullet lists— you can use different symbols for different tasks each month. The sky is your limit, really.