I think for a person who is depressed and hopeless, a way to get hope is to self-reflect using journaling.
Journaling is important.
I think most people are intimidated by the word “journaling”.
I think there’s no reason to be afraid of this word.
I will share some of the myths I had about journaling and the reasoning I used to overcame them.
You have to journal daily
This is absolutely not true. You can journal once a week, once a month or whenever you want.
The point of journaling is to express your thoughts and read them back to get context.
It’s best if you journal regularly but it’s not a requirement.
I journal a few times a week and not regularly.
Myth no. 2
You have to journal for years to see results
This is not true. You can journal one day and still get something valuable out of the process.
The key is to be yourself and consider your journal as yours and share fully with it.
I remember watching youtube videos where it’s said that it takes around 8 years to “get results” with journaling.
I am sure it takes less than 8 years to “get results” and I am pretty sure you can get something valuable on the same day of writing.
You see when you write in a journal, you are observing your thought patterns, the stories you tell yourself, you release your stress, you become honest with yourself, you share your true intentions, etc.
This is valuable for your mental health.
Plus, when I write a journal entry, I write my worries and ask what should I do? And I come up with answers on my own.
This acts as a way to make decisions more effectively.
It’s like facing the evil inside. When you write in a journal, you face the evil inside you, your own limitations, your own face in the mirror, etc.
This is very useful for “getting results”.
Myth no. 3
You don’t know how to journal properly
The truth is that you don’t need to know how to journal. That’s the beauty of journaling.
You don’t need to know the right questions to ask yourself or buy a Stoicism journal with stoic questions with blank spaces for writing your answers.
You need to let yourself write anything you want in the journal.
It’s your journal and you can write anything.
The beauty is it can be a physical journal, it can be a digital journal, a colourful one, a scrapebook, a plain white paper or anything you want.
The beauty is that you can write anything you want, anyhow you want it.
Myth no. 4
You have to read your past journal entries to get results
I think I heard from a video of Tony Robbins that you should be reading your journal entries or if not, you should not be writing a journal at all to get results.
I think it is false from my experience. I think results are not just about changing behaviour but also about feeling the feelings that are not expressed normally.
And in my opinion, reading your journal in the future won’t help you feel life’s pains or pleasures at the moment.
It is good if you can read your entries two months later, you might get insights about yourself, but it is not necessarily the only way for change to take place.
After all, feelings are an important part of your mental health and writing at the moment in the journal is a key part of feeling your life’s problems or states of happiness.
Myth no. 5
You don’t need a journal of your choice
I would say this is partially false. You do need to love the process of journaling.
And one way to love it is to invest in a good journal or a keyboard or a pen or a quiet place to sit in.
You need to love the process of sitting down and expressing your thoughts on paper to journal consistently.
I remember I was in a forum for personal development, and someone had written that if investing in a good journal of your choice, a nice pen, a nice laptop, or whatever that makes you love journaling, then you need to do it.
I use Rustic Town’s leather journal. And I love it. I feel like a writer.
So in spite of all these myths, one can and should journal. If one of these myths had been stopping you in the past and you haven’t tried journaling before, please consider journaling because it’s really powerful.
Thank you for reading this blog post. I am excited to share more ideas and stories in this personal blog about hope.
So I will end this blog post with a quick question for you- Do you journal sometimes? What do you like about journaling?