Journaling: what is it and why do you need it?

At the beginning of each year, we get excited, we buy a nice agenda and we start writing new year’s goals and ideas. But this excitement usually fades out after the first few months, and the agenda becomes a belonging in a forgotten drawer. What is journaling? And why is it important for moms? And how can you stick to this habit after the new year’s excitement fades? Read on to find out.

نادين أبو زنط
Nadine Abu Zant
Published on:Jan 3rd 2023 |Updated on:Mar 10th 2024

The yearly agenda saga

At the end of the year, during the holiday season, we usually take time to reflect on the past year’s achievements and mistakes and start putting up a plan with goals for the coming year. Usually, this excitement fades because we set the bar of expectations unrealistically high, which causes frustration and a lack of continuity. So the agenda becomes a forgotten asset only used for the first few months of the year.

What is Journaling?

For a mom, journaling is quality time spent with herself to listen to her inner thoughts and feelings and to reflect on them using pen and paper. You can even consider it a therapy session without a therapist where you share your thoughts and feelings with your notebook which becomes a guide that helps you deal with the avalanche of emotions and ideas you have.

Benefits of keeping a journal

  • Improving mental health.
  • Spending quality time with oneself.
  • Facing your emotions, accepting them, and expressing them.
  • Increasing self-sympathy, moms tend to be harsh on themselves and other mothers and women. Journaling ideas and feelings give better self-awareness, which opens the route to self-compassion and compassion with others, things women and moms need the most.
  • Decreasing anxiety due to previous planning and time management practices.
  • Feeling of accomplishment, especially when journaling at the end of the day while reviewing a day’s events and achievements.
  • The previous points help with increasing self-confidence a great deal.

Types of journaling

For journaling to be effective and beneficial, it is essential to realize what you will write, and what type of journaling you need. Below are the main types of journaling:

  • Planning, whether it's daily, weekly, or just for a special event such as a child’s birthday.
  • Sharing of emotions.
  • Art journaling is an excellent way for those who have difficulty expressing themselves in words.
  • Journaling using stickers, or scraps.

Tips to start and keep on writing in your journal

  • Designate a special quiet place to journal.
  • Pick a quiet time outside your official working hours as a mom (get up 30 minutes before the rest of your family, and have a quiet time with your coffee and agenda)
  • Don’t be afraid to share your ideas and feelings, if you don’t want others to see what you wrote, rip the pages once you are done writing.

Wishing you enjoyable journaling and a year full of achievements.

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نادين أبو زنط
Nadine Abu Zant Parenting educator

Nadine is a mother of three, she graduated from the banking studies institute and worked in banking for more than seven years, she then left the world of banks to pursue her bigger passion. She is a content creator and a social and educational activist, working to spread a culture of positivity and productivity, through gaining new habits and life skills. Her goal is to help moms and children to have an organized life using these habits and skills. She is currently pursuing a life coaching certificate from the transformation academy and The CPD Standards Office. She recently became a member of the American Society for positive parenting as a certified parenting coach. She is also a certified trainer from Ajman University.

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