Have you ever seen someone sitting quietly on a park bench with a cup of coffee and journal and thought to yourself: Someday, that will be me! or I wish I had time to journal?
Most moms are way too busy to indulge in long Sunday afternoons in reflection and creative expression. But we are not too busy to reap the benefits of journal writing. In fact, just twenty minutes of journaling a day can help you reduce stress, gain clarity, and live a healthier lifestyle. Writing is a simple, inexpensive, and convenient way to be more fully present in your life. And the good news is – there are no rules when it comes to journal writing.
Writing is a simple, inexpensive, and convenient way to be more fully present in your life.
So if you’re a journal dropout, or you’re interested in picking up the pen, try one of our seven ways to journal – designed specifically for the busy mom:
1. Start a Gratitude Journal:
Make a list of three things you are grateful for each day. Try to reach 100 without repeating. Or – for a different approach – write a thank you note in your journal each day. It could be to any person (alive or otherwise) or even an inanimate object.
2. Keep a Prayer Journal:
Instead of just telling people you will pray for them, write their names in your journal and pray over each name as you write it. You can even doodle or color while you pray.
3. Make a “Not to do” List:
If you’re like most moms, you have too many responsibilities because you have a difficult time saying “no.” Try reminding yourself to set boundaries and better manage your time by making a list of the things you are NOT going to do.
4. Do a Brain Dump:
When your mind wanders and you can’t fall asleep, clear out the clutter with a brain dump in your journal. Set the timer for five minutes and just write everything that comes to mind. Whatever thought enters your brain, write it down. Even if the thought is “I don’t know what to write.” The key is to just keep writing for the full amount of time. You will feel wonderful when you finish!
5. Write an Unsent Letter:
Do you have something you’ve always needed to say to someone? Maybe that person has passed away or is no longer in your life. Try writing a letter to that person in your journal and tell them everything you’ve been holding back. Keep writing until you have no more words.
6. Capture Family Memories:
Describe a family tradition or memory that holds significant meaning to you. Include as many details as possible such as sights, sounds, smells, tastes, and feelings. Consider keeping an entire journal of family memories to share with your children someday.
7. Make a Bucket List:
Write down the one thing you have always wanted to do. Don’t worry if it seems impossible or ridiculous – this is your journal. Keep adding to the list and let yourself dream.
What other ways do you use your journal?
Theresa Ceniccola is The Christian Mompreneur—a mentor to moms who are running a business that supports their values of faith and family. Fueled by an adventurous spirit, Theresa loves to hike, run, bike, and explore God’s country. But she is happiest at home, laughing and cuddling with her college sweetheart and their three children.