A wellness journal is a written document dedicated to keeping track of your wellbeing. Rather than just writing out events of the day or your response to an emotional experience, wellness journals are designed to track a goal or an intention. Starting a wellness journal is a great way to help you feel at peace or in tune with your emotions. So, let’s learn how to create a wellness journal together.
Many of us worry that a journal will be too time-consuming for our busy schedules, but it’s really about making the time. After all, we manage to find time to watch our favorite tv shows or scroll mindlessly through social media. Let’s be intentional and unintimidated as we start this journey.
If interested in purchasing a pre-made wellness journal, there are many options available, but I recommend this hardbound copy from Papier.
Ready to get started? To begin, check out some of our suggestions below:
What do they say about those who plan to fail? I highly encourage you to carve out a few minutes each day to be committed to your wellness journal. After all, a journal is something that you should maintain and monitor on a consistent basis. If there’s no follow-through, there’s no accountability. So, make time on your calendar to spend at least 10 minutes a day working on your journal.
Spend some time alone and visualize your wellness goals. Is it to meditate more often? Maybe drink more water? Or exercise three times a week? I’ve seen some people create a “Wellness Goals” board on Pinterest. The important thing is that you’re visualizing a healthier version of yourself a year from now that will inspire you to change.
The sky is the limit when it comes to creating goals. Consider these:
- Books to Read
- Healthy Foods to Try
- Go to Bed at a Decent Hour
- Exercise More
- Drink Less Alcohol
- Places to Visit
- Take Up Yoga or a New Exercise
- Inspirational Quotes or Ideas
Don’t make your goals too complicated. In fact, make them easy! The point is taking baby steps and not getting discouraged when you don’t live up to your expectations. Leave room for growth…and sometimes failure. Also, I highly encourage you to share your goals with as many people as possible. Sharing goals with your friends, loved ones, or community helps you to remain accountable. (And maybe to help someone else with their goals in the process.)
Finally, make sure every goal that you record has a timeline. For example, I may want to read a new book every 30 days. I may want to practice 10-minute meditations once a day. Etc… Once again, just make sure your goals are attainable. You don’t want to set yourself up for failure!
Did these tips help you? Are there wellness journal ideas that you’ve maintained for years? Email firstname.lastname@example.org and tell me your thoughts! If you’d like to learn more about a practice that you can utilize for your wellness journal, I encourage you to read Deep Breathing Techniques for Relaxation.