A Journaling Writing Ritual can be a very beneficial practice to help with your journaling journey. To fully understand what it means we must first consider what is meant by the word ‘ritual’.
Typically, this word brings imagery of religious practices, witchcraft, and all things spooky. This imagery is pretty much spot on.
Rituals are commonly practiced in different religious sectors, and mean the specific practices that are performed in a sequence by a person, or group of people, to yield results such as messages from the Divine, or to give thanks for their Gods or the universe.
Ritualistic activities are often done to help the person, or the group get into the right frame of mind – relaxed, at peace, and ready to receive the messages they hope for.
Now, that being said, rituals are not solely meant for religion and can be incorporated into everybody’s lives.
They are especially helpful for mindfulness, self-care, and of course, journaling.
Performing your ritual to get you in the right frame of mind for your journal writing can help ideas to flow more freely, as well as help you tap into your inner self.
Related to religion, if you aim to use your journal to assist on your spiritual journey, you can incorporate a ritual into this too, not only to get you in the right frame of mind for writing, but also as a time to connect to your God, Divine Body, or something bigger than yourself.
Simply put, a Journaling Writing Ritual may well be the key to getting you into a non-judgemental state of mind where you are free to be yourself. It can help focus you on your journal, and ensure that when you are writing in your journal you have no other distractions.
The purpose of completing your ritual in this way is to make sure that you can just switch off your brain to everything else, focusing solely on your journaling to get the full benefits of it.
That Sounds Amazing. How Do I Make My Own Journal Writing Ritual?
Now that you know what a journal writing ritual is, you may well be wondering how on earth you create one.
The good news is, this is super simple and will be totally personal to you and what you want to get out of it, not least because different things are relaxing to different people.
There are a number of things you should think about for your ritual such as the setting, the time of day, what you are drinking or eating (if anything), what tools you are using, any background noise, any scents you want to burn or candles you want to light, and anything else that puts you in that relaxed and reflective mood.
An example of one of our favorite evening rituals is this:-
- First, we light lavender candles
- We put on some relaxing, ambient sounds
- Make some chamomile tea
- Put on twinkly lights rather than the main overhead light
- Get cozy with a blanket wrapped around our shoulders
- Take some deep, mindful breathes
- …. And write!
These simple steps may not seem like much, but we know that they will have the most calming and relaxing effect on us, letting us get in the right mindset for writing and reflecting.
In the morning, we like to be a little more energized, so we like to journal out in the garden with a coffee, or even at our desks with headphones in and a relaxing playlist.
Whatever you choose, make sure they are tried and tested by you to improve your state of mind!
What Should I Write In My Journal?
What you write in your journal will depend on what you want to record in your journal.
For example, if you plan to use journaling as a way to track progress on goals, you may have a different page dedicated to each goal.
An example of this is as follows: If one of your goals is to finish your novel that you are writing by the end of the year, you could draw up a tracker in your journal where you keep track of what your word count is each day, week, and month.
Another example of what to write is to have a page per day. On each page, you can date in the corner, and then write whatever the day has brought you, and your feelings throughout the day.
Other options for what to write in a journal include using writing prompts. For example, one writing prompt may be: “My favorite thing that happened today was …..” or “My day has been great because…..”.
If you are feeling unmotivated to write, you could change up your prompts to suit that mood, by writing “Today I do not feel inspired to write because …..”, which allows inspiration the space to materialize.
That being said, if you really cannot find the motivation to write on any day, it is important not to force it, otherwise, you risk taking away the enjoyment.
Freewriting is also a valid way to go about it. You can write differently every single time. You can start one day with a poem, or inspirational quote, or maybe even a doodle.
It is a perfect space to let your creativity flow in any way you want.
Do I Need To Write In My Journal Often?
There are no rules for how often you should write in your journal.
You may find yourself wanting to write in it multiple times throughout the day, and carrying it with you wherever you go for this reason.
You may prefer to write in the morning, and/or night, at the start or end of your day. This may allow you to reflect on events passed and make goals for the day ahead.
Like all habits, the more often you do it, the more it will form into a habit. We already know that journaling is beneficial to your mental well-being, and so like any beneficial activity, the more you do it, the more goodness you will reap from it.
You could try and set yourself aside 5 or 10 minutes every day at first to see how that feels for you. You may feel this is too much, in which case, maybe do slightly less time or do it every other day.
You may find yourself wanting to write far more, in which case, extend the time, or do it multiple times in the day.
Starting with a short, frequent daily habit first will ensure you find what rhythm suits you best.
As we say, there is no right or wrong in terms of how often you write in your journal, and you should do what suits you and your needs.
Is Daily Journal Writing Best?
Whilst it has been shown that regular journaling produces desirable benefits such as boosting mental well-being, building your creativity, and inspiring you to get in touch with your inner self, there is no rule that says you need to do it regularly.
We all know that life gets in the way sometimes.
What is important though, is that you make the time for yourself to do the things that bring you joy, and if journaling is one of those things (which we suspect it might be) then you should ensure you have adequate time in your day or week to do it.
If you are using your journal to track daily habits such as water intake, mood, and exercise, as well as using it to help achieve goals, then of course it will be most beneficial to journal each day.
It is important not to pressure yourself though because the most important thing is that you enjoy it.
If you do enjoy it you will probably find that you are more compelled to write in your journal, anyway.
How Can I Make Journal Writing Become a Habit?
Now, getting into the habit of journal writing can be hard particularly if you have never tried this form of writing before.
Typically, writing we had to do in school came with deadlines, and that was the motivation that got us writing even if we didn’t want to.
Journaling is very different. It is done purely for ourselves, and so it can be easy to just say no if you aren’t in the habit of writing yet.
Like the formation of every habit, consistency is key, and first, off you may have to fake it ‘til you make it, as they say.
To do this, we recommend setting an alarm or phone reminder to remind you to do it each morning, or evening, or both if that suits you.
The act of writing in a journal must be enjoyable for you. Therefore, if you have previously been writing about unpleasant things like your nightmares or sad events, try and include some positive things there too.
You could do this by writing one thing you are grateful for at the start of each journal entry, and then do the same at the end of each journal entry.
This way, no matter how hard the topic of your entry is that day, it will always start and end on a positive note.
Another tip for getting into this habit, especially when you are severely lacking motivation is to write one phrase or even one single word that completely encapsulates your whole day.
Try and make it as descriptive as possible in a super short phrase.
This can be quite fun to think of, and can get those creative juices flowing. By the time you’ve thought of it and write it down, you may be raring to write more.
Is There Any Support Out There From Other Journalers?
One of the nicest things about journal writing is that you will never be on your own. There is a huge community of journal writers all over the world.
Ask your friends and colleagues if any of them do it, you can bounce ideas and writing prompts off each other and motivate one another to write on those days you feel a little uninspired.
Another amazing place to look for help and support for your journal writing is online! That’s right, the online journal writing community is brimming with lots of lovely like-minded people.
You can join a Facebook group, follow Instagram accounts, or even write a blog about journaling. Lots of journalers have created social media accounts dedicated to their practice to inspire other like-minded writers and help newbies who are just starting out.
As well as these online communities where you can talk to other people, there is also a huge amount of inspiration out there to help you get your creative cap on.
If you simply type ‘journalling’ into google or Pinterest you will get tons of super cool suggestions for different writing styles, doodles you can do around your words, writing prompts, and much more!
You could even try to see if any physical groups meet up to chat about journaling.
Check on your college campus, your local recreation center, community areas, libraries, workplaces, and even check in local ads! If you can’t find a physical group, why not create your own?
We are sure there will be a lot of interest from other journalers.
Just like that, this article is over. We are sure that you are all clued up on exactly How To Journal thanks to our Ultimate Guide.
You may well even be thinking, is this magic?
And honestly, it could be. The act of journaling does feel magic, especially when we do our journal writing rituals first.
We truly hope that your journaling journey brings you so much joy. Don’t forget that you can come back to this guide whenever you want to to help you along the way.
Joyous journaling, friends!