For many, summer break is supposed to be a time for relaxation and rest. While this may sound nice, summer is usually filled with work, summer classes and internships. Being a broke college student is hard, and summer is a great opportunity to make some extra money and get some credits out of the way. If you aren’t careful though, you could spend your time off stressing. That’s where journaling comes in. Journaling is great because it allows you to get your mind off of whatever is bothering you by writing. By adding journaling to your daily routine, you are designating a time of your day to de-stress. Here are my best tips for journaling.
Pick a Time
By setting a time to journal every day, you give yourself a routine that includes some well deserved, personal “me time.” Whether it’s in the morning when you wake up, or before you go to sleep at night, make sure to incorporate journaling into your daily schedule. Play some of your favorite music, drink a cup of tea and just write.
Include the Good and the Bad
A tip I was given when I first started journaling was to write about both the good and the bad things that were affecting my life. When you sit down to write in your journal, think about some things that were a challenge to you that day. Write down those experiences and try to figure out why they affected you in the way that they did. This will help you make sense of your own emotions. Once you’ve done that, write down all the ways you could face those challenges head-on. This will empower you and make those challenges seem less intimidating. Finally, write down all of the things you’re thankful for. This will remind you that even if you are going through a difficult time in your life, there will always be something to be thankful for.
Write About What Makes You Happy
This should go without saying, but journaling is all about writing down your own experiences and emotions. Nobody will read your journal unless you tell them to, so feel free to write about anything you want. You should journal to improve your own mood and lift the weight of stress off your shoulders, so include anything and everything you want to write down.
Maggie Morgan is a junior majoring in professional writing with a concentration in creative writing. Hobbies include: spending all of her money on concert tickets, trying to convince Green Day to let her be their friend, geeking out about music history, dreaming of writing for Rolling Stone. You can follow her on Instagram at @swaggie_.maggie.